Mendocino Supervisors Greenlight $20K Hiring Bonus To Recruit Deputies From Other Law Enforcement Agencies

UKIAH, 4/6/22 — The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $20,000 hiring bonus for sheriff’s deputies recruited from outside agencies in their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.

“Lateral transfers” (as cops like to call them) have a higher success rate than new recruits fresh out of the academy, according to Sheriff Matt Kendall, and even with the new bonus they still cost less to hire than putting someone through the academy — which he estimates at nearly $40,000. Plus, there are other benefits.

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