/ Modified jun 4, 2012 5:06 p.m.

80 Law Officers to be Hired Locally

Tucson Police, Pima County Sheriff’s departments expanding ranks this summer

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Two Tucson law enforcement agencies are seeking applicants for a total of 80 new officers.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has 40 deputy vacancies to fill, at a starting salary of more than $42,000 a year.

The application process is underway until June 15.

“People need to have a high school diploma, or GED,” says PCSD Deputy Tom Peine. “They need to be at least 21 years of age and have no felony convictions.”

Applicants also need a valid Arizona driver's license, he says.

Once applicants are deemed qualified, they will take a test, physical fitness assessment and other reviews, including a background check, says Peine.

The sheriff’s department will respond to potential applicants’ questions Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on its Facebook page

The Tucson Police Department also is hiring up to 40 officers, at a starting salary of more than $45,000 a year. Applications for those jobs are due by Aug. 3.

“We were very fortunate that we’ve been the recipient of two (federal) COPS funding grants,” says TPD Chief Roberto Villaseñor. “These officers are paid for three years, with the obligation the city absorb the funding and retain them for a fourth year.”

Existing vacancies will be funded through the city’s general fund, he says.

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