Pitt County Sheriff’s Office seeing rise in recruitment

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office says it’s seen a higher number of applications and calls from a recruiting video created back in March.

Megan Brown says after watching the Sheriff’s Office recruitment video, she knew she wanted to protect and serve Pitt County.

“It really made you want to get up and do what you want to do which is law enforcement is what I wanted to do,” Brown said, adding that one thing in the video caught her eye. “I saw a female, and you don’t really see a lot of females in recruiting videos because it’s more of a male career path that people take.”

The Sheriff’s Office used to receive three to four applications a week. Since the video was released in March, the office is getting around six to eight calls a day.

Recruiting Deputy Rodney Jacobs says he came up with the idea to make something different to appeal to all age groups, adding that there’s a job for everyone at the Sheriff’s Office.

“There are different avenues that you can take in your career whether it is whether you want to be a telecommunicator or if you want to go and work in our detention center or whether you want to be a patrol deputy,” Jacobs said.

Brown says she’s ready to hit the streets and start investigating.

“This is something that I know I could be good at, and I am. I’m ready to do the best I can,” Brown explained.

A starting salary for a Pitt County Deputy is around $38,000, which is about $1,000 less than a beginning trooper.

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