It is well documented that employees leave organizations for a combination of the four following reasons: lack of leadership, reputation of the organization, lack of advancement opportunities, and pay. This is true for your Pasco County sheriff’s office also.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Offices’ dedicated, hardworking employees are its greatest strength. From January 2008 through December 2011, 125 law enforcement and corrections deputies resigned, voluntarily, from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. While some chose to no longer work in the law enforcement or corrections profession, over one-third left the sheriff’s office to work for other, neighboring law enforcement agencies.
These 44 individuals, collectively, not only represent a loss of over 300 years of public service to the residents of Pasco County, but also a marked financial loss to the department accrued from training costs and the time invested in making these officers top-notch deputies. The deputies who left also represent a significant investment loss in skill training and front-line experience in your neighborhoods and the jail.
There is a tremendous financial cost associated in screening, selecting, training and equipping each new deputy and to watch them leave is a significant failure of leadership. This organizational loss creates a revolving door affecting the quality and morale of the workforce and interrupts the development of supervisors and leadership succession planning. It affects us, as citizens of Pasco County, because it leaves us with fewer numbers of experienced deputies protecting our homes, our businesses and, most importantly, our families.
Protecting our investment in the sheriff’s office workforce requires an unflinching commitment from leadership. As your Sheriff, I will implement an aggressive recruitment and retention strategy to protect our investment in the sheriff’s office. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office will become a top choice for candidates seeking a long-term and rewarding career in law enforcement.
This retention strategy will include an effective mentoring program to develop skill sets, foster innovation, and build relationships within the organization. The results will be an agency rich in loyalty, and a culture of ownership, belonging and pride.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office will no longer be a training ground for other agencies.
If you would like to find out more about Kim Bogart and his campaign for Pasco County Sheriff 2012, please click the link to visit his official website.