By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford announced last week that a new opportunity is available for county residents who are interested in pursuing a law enforcement career.
The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office will award up to two individuals an opportunity to attend a local law enforcement academy, which will be paid in full by the county.
Weatherford said the program is similar to what TCSO has done in the past, as far as recruiting applicants; that if someone is employed with a fire department, or with TCSO as dispatch or in the jail and could be an asset, they can be sent to the academy.
Weatherford said that anyone who is interested can apply, and if selected, an applicant will have to sign a three-year patrol contract with TCSO. “Our goal is to have the candidates attend the 2023 fall semester of a local academy,” Weatherford said.
Weatherford said that Tyler County Treasurer Leann Monk and TCSO investigator Chase Nalley really got the ball rolling on the opportunity. The money was already in the budget, Weatherford said, so TCSO did not have to go out for any funding for the program, but Weatherford, Monk and Nalley brought the matter before the Tyler County Commissioners Court last week to get the court’s approval to start it.
“We are looking for qualified and committed individuals interested in a professional law enforcement career who want to make a positive impact in Tyler County,” Weatherford said.
Nalley said the program will be an important motivator to young people in the county who might want to pursue a law enforcement career, but do not have the means to attend the academy.
“New applicants in law enforcement are down and retirements are up,” Nalley said. “There’s no reason why we can’t be proactive in retaining our officers here in Tyler County.”
Monk said the measure will be a great investment for the county, and said in recruiting and retaining officers, the county is looking for “lifers,” who love Tyler County and do not have any plans to leave.
In order to be considered, candidates must be legally able to attend a law enforcement academy and work as a Texas Peace Officer and submit an essay stating as to why they are an ideal candidate. Three letters of recommendation are required from Tyler County residents. The applicants must also be able to pass a comprehensive background investigation and complete a board interview.
Duties of an officer, according to Weatherford include patrolling the entire county in order to enforce criminal laws and maintain order; the enforcement of traffic laws for safety and responding to dispatched calls, among other tasks.
Anyone interested in applying must contact Monk’s office, located at the Tyler County Courthouse, at 100 West Bluff, room 103, in Woodville. Applicants must appear in person. No phone inquiries will be taken.