Assemblymember Salas Works with Local Sheriff to Streamline Hiring Process

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced legislation that will assist sheriffs with streamlining the hiring process in their local departments.

The bill extends the amount of time a peace officer has between finishing their full basic training and being hired as a patrol deputy from three years to five years, if in that time period they are employed as a peace officer in a non-patrol position in the same department. Under current law, this flexibility already exists due to legislation authored by Assemblymember Salas in 2015 (AB 1168). However, the statute is set to expire in 2019. Under AB 1888, the law would become permanent.

 According to Kings County Sheriff David Robinson, the law has worked well in Kings County, which is why there is interest in making it permanent. “This law gave us an additional hiring pool that was difficult to hire from prior to the passage of this bill,” said Robinson. “The additional two years on the certificate expiration date has been a great help for us locally.”

The bill is additionally supported by the California State Sheriffs’ Association, which represents sheriffs from across the state. “The continuation of this successful program will allow counties to attract and retain qualified deputies, which benefits every community, while ensuring appropriate and rigorous training requirements remain in place,” said Sheriff Bill Brown, President of the California State Sheriffs’ Association.

During critical emergency response periods, sheriffs provide valuable support and expertise as first responders. This legislation will help to shore up the shortage of sheriffs that currently exists, providing important assistance to emergency and disaster areas. 

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 Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.