ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- The Roanoke City Sheriff's Office is opening job opportunities to more people than ever before.
Sheriff Tim Allen has lowered the required age for applicants from 21 to 20.
The Sheriff's office has 18 open deputy positions, which is forcing many deputies to work overtime. The age requirement change will allow the Sheriff's Office to pull from a wider range of recruits.
“We looked at other agencies in the state of Virginia and found that a lot were hiring at the age of 20, some even at 18. We felt like 18 was a little young for this profession so we all agreed that 20 years old would be a good starting point for us,” said Maj. David Bell, Chief Deputy with the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff's Office will hold a recruiting event November 9; applicants can interview for a job and complete their written and physical exams.
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