Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office comes to FAMU

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice to conduct an on-site recruitment event on campus Tuesday.

“We’re partnering with colleges and universities in the state and surrounding areas,” said Richard Lozada, special projects manager for recruitment and screening section for the HCSO.

The HCSO has two types of positions they are looking to fill. The law enforcement deputy trainee position offers between $44,881.20 – $71,657.04. The detention deputy trainee offers between $44,335.20 – $66,808.56.

The office has about 3,500 employees and currently 200 vacancies according to Lozada.

Applicants will be required to participate in a Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA) and a pre-screening. This will consist of doing a minimum of twenty push-ups, a minimum of 25 sit ups in one minute, a minimum of a 14 inch vertical jump, a 300 meter run in 69 seconds and a one and a half mile run in 15 minutes.

Participants must provide a signed medical clearance form, which is available at the Career Center and the criminal justice department.

“This is a six-month process, and this cuts down a lot of the time,” said Detective Elvira Huggins, manager of recruitment and screening for the HCSO.

The HCSO is implementing new ways to find employees.

“This event is a non-traditional way for us to find applicants,” Lozada said.

FAMU’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has been working with the HCSO to plan this event.

The department offers a bachelor’s degree in sociology and in criminal justice. The criminal justice field offers jobs in law, corrections, juvenile justice, policing and federal law enforcements.

“We are the highest amongst HBCUs in preparing students to become U.S. deputy marshals,” said Narayan Tersaud, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice chairman.

The department works with agencies such as the FBI, Sky Marshal, U.S. Forestry and Border Patrol.

Applicants must have 60 credit hours or three years active duty in the military, and students from any major can apply.

Students can register for the on-site recruitment in room 203 of the FAMU career center at 9 a.m. The physical abilities assessment will be held at the FAMU track & field at 10 a.m.

For more information on the department visit www.famu.edu and for more information on the on-site recruitment event, visit www.joinhcso.com