Once deputies graduate from the academy, they are assigned to a seasoned deputy for field training to learn about Kanawha County and how the agency works, a process that takes about 14 weeks.
Last year the department's 101 uniformed deputies responded to more than 49,000 emergency calls, including everything from barking dogs to shooting incidents, Rutherford said.
The sheriff's office provides the deputy with all of his or her equipment, including a bulletproof vest, weapons and cruisers. Rutherford said the department provides deputies with take-home police cruisers and the vehicles are replaced about every four years.
"This is a great place to work," Rutherford said. "The Kanawha County Commission funds us well. Whatever we need, they make sure we get it."
Most deputies will be assigned to road patrol once they complete their field training, but some are assigned to judicial services to serve as court bailiffs at the Judicial Annex.
The sheriff's office also offers specialized units once the new officer gains experience. Those units include the criminal investigations section, K-9 unit, school resource officer, SWAT team, bomb squad and dive team, among others.
"We have long been one of the most progressive police agencies on the East Coast," Crosier said. "Our pay and equipment is second to none."
The salary for a Kanawha County deputy is $34,000 for the first year. In the second year the deputy will see his or her salary rise to $36,500 with a bonus of about $3,500 for those on road patrol.
The sheriff's office provides health care, vision and dental benefits as well as a pension plan.
For more information, contact the sheriff's office at 304-357-0169 or visit www.kanawhasheriff.us.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.