Aaron Pitman has been a deputy in training with the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office for only two months, but he’s known he wanted to be in law enforcement for a long time.
“I really didn’t give it a second thought, I’m here to make a difference, I am here to help people,” says Pitman.
And Pitman wants to help people who may have once considered a law enforcement career actually take that next step.
“If you are on the fence of becoming an officer, come in to find out how you can become an officer or just come and do a ride along,” says Pitman.
Others within the sheriff’s office echo Pitman’s thoughts especially with a strong need for more deputies in Okaloosa County.
“It’s an incredibly important job and we really have a great need to fill those positions,” says Major Ken Lapee.
That’s why the sheriff’s office is now working hard to let people know where to begin.
“I think it’s really important that we do a good job of reaching out to the community and making sure people have easy access to getting into the field,” says Lapee.
“We’re looking for individuals that obviously have to have a clean back ground, they have to maintain physical standards, and the ability to run an obstacle course, we also have to have people vetted through a psychological exam, and a certification,” says Major Ron Gay.
It might seem like a rigorous process, but the training keeps deputies safe as they protect and serve.
“I know that I have been put here to make a difference, and if I weren’t doing that on a daily basis and if I wasn’t doing that I don’t know what I would do,” says Pitman.