- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County is slashing the number of years sheriff’s deputies must spend on jail duty before receiving patrol assignments.

Undersheriff Gary Pentis tells the Ventura County Star (https://bit.ly/1IVV9ZQ ) that the eight years new hires now spend on custody work will be cut in half.

Pentis says the lengthy jail duty led to deputies leaving for jobs in other police agencies where there is no or reduced demand for custody work.

The undersheriff says the long stints in the jails hampered the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to build leadership because deputies have to wait so long to get the patrol experience necessary to qualify for promotions.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, https://venturacountystar.com


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