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10 JSO Officers will get their jobs back after being let go last year

10:48 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Another twist in the employment fate of several local officers.

Last year, nearly 50 Jacksonville Sheriff's officers were laid off.

Now, JSO is rehiring ten of those affected by the agency's reduction in force.
    
"I know they're excited to be back employed again," said Greg Strickland, a JSO veteran.

48 officers were laid off after the Jacksonville City Council cut 4.4 million dollars from the JSO budget.  In 2012, 74 police positions were completely eliminated.

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"I'm certain that there were some hard feelings," Strickland said.

Strickland is now an investigator with the state. In his more than 30 years with JSO, he said he was lucky to consider his job secure.

"To have it not be a secure job, it's heartbreaking. It really is," Strickland said. "And I think it's going to have an impact on the future of law enforcement all over the country."

The ten positions have been created by vacancies like retirement and resignation, according to JSO. Rehiring officers who have already received JSO-specific training also saves the agency money of putting officers through the academy. JSO said the cost to rehire is strictly for routine medical exams which are already in the budget.

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"The sheriff's action of hiring these officers back, it's just a wonderful thing," Strickland said. "It's great for the officers, it's great for the department. And I know that's where his heart is. That's where the undersheriff's heart is, is to try to put these officers back to work."

The officers are scheduled to start back at the end of November.

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