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W.Va. hires more deputies

August 13, 2000

W.Va. hires more deputies



By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department is hiring four new deputies with a federal grant.

The $211,924 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. It will cover 75 percent of the cost of hiring four deputies for three years.

Berkeley County will be required to cover the other 25 percent.

The grants are awarded to police departments that are adding new enforcement positions. The money cannot be used to fill existing slots.

Sheriff Ronald Jones said the four new full-time hires will boost the force from 33 deputies to 37.

Jones said the county has obtained COPS grants since 1995. Including the four new positions, the sheriff's department has hired 11 deputies using COPS money, he said.

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The entry-level pay for Berkeley County deputies is $24,622. Jones said he may hire officers who have worked at other departments, which avoids having to send them to a training academy. The starting pay for transferring officers is about $25,900, according to Jones.

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