Job Alert: Orange County Sheriff’s Office Will Be Recruiting in Puerto Rico

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By Mivette Vega

July 12, 2023

In the past 10 years, Puerto Rico has lost around 7,000 police officers because of salaries, pensions, and resources to work. Currently, it is estimated that there are 10,000 to 11,000 agents on the island.

Recruiters from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will travel to Puerto Rico next week to recruit deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire qualified candidates for both sworn and civilian positions.

Salaries for these positions range from $52,520 to $54,371 per year with a bonus pay of $7,500.

The staff will hold three events in San Juan and Mayagüez, from July 20-22. 

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On July 20 they’ll go to Iglesia de Dios Una Puerta Abierta in Mayagüez, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On July 21 they’ll be at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Jahweh Jireh in San Juan, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on July 22, the event will be at Fort Buchanan Community Club & Conference Center, at the same time.

Major Carlos Torres, one of the highest-ranking agents in the Sheriff’s Office and the first Puerto Rican in the position, said that they are convinced that they will be able to convince Puerto Ricans of the good opportunity that this initiative represents.

“We know that there are many people on the Isla del Encanto who would like to make that transition from the island to the state of Florida, and what better opportunity than to come to this premier agency in the US, because we have distinguished our service as one of the best”

In addition to the bonus they have as an incentive, Torres also highlighted the good pension system they have and the opportunity they offer their employees to continue their careers.

In the past 10 years, Puerto Rico has lost around 7,000 police officers because of salaries, pensions, and resources to work. Currently, it is estimated that there are 10,000 to 11,000 agents, which is not enough for the level of crime that exists on the Island.

In past years, agent retirement was reduced from 75% to 35%, and in some cases to 20%.

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Two weeks ago, active and retired police officers held a protest in front of the office of the Financial Oversight Board (known as La Junta) in San Juan, to demand a dignified retirement.

“We are already tired. I am tired of listening to people with 37 years of service, 60 years of age, who do not have a retirement. And it is not so much that; Puerto Rico is left without police,” Gabriel Hernández, a spokesperson for the protestors, told Telemundo Puerto Rico.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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