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    Franklin County Sheriff Office

    I see the the FCSO just finished accepting applications. I was wondering if anyone had any news on them. I know I read an article where I thought no hiring was taking place for this year. I also was surprised they said if you applied back in 2010, there was no need to reapply. Any information will be helpful.

    Thanks!

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    There was a thread from the last hiring process deep in this archive. I guess some shenanigans went on and basically no one from the thread was taken on. I'm trying to move back to Columbus, so I applied. I guess we will see what happens.

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    Found this article which seems encouraging!

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stor...preparing.html

    The Columbus Dispatch Sunday August 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    After an almost yearlong hiring freeze, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott is about to enroll a new class of deputy recruits, officers he hopes to have on patrol shortly after the opening of the new West Side casino.

    That’s because Scott and county homeland-security officials say that the Hollywood Casino Columbus, scheduled to open on Oct. 8, likely will cause an increase in crime in nearby Franklin Township.

    Casino operators disagree, and other law-enforcement agencies across the state each are handling the influx of Las Vegas-style gambling differently.

    County Administrator Don Brown recommended late last month that county commissioners allow the sheriff to add a class of 30 recruits to his payroll. Scott had asked for 40, half of whom he said he needs for casino duties.

    The commissioners have taken no action formally, but all have said they think Scott needs more deputies. Brown said he has given Scott verbal approval to start the hiring process.

    The move would require the county to bump up the sheriff’s budget by $3.4 million next year for salaries and benefits for the 30 deputies, Brown said, and for seven civilian positions the sheriff is creating in his communication center so he can move deputies from there to patrol.

    Commissioners have asked other agency heads and elected officials to turn in budget requests for next year at 95 percent of what was approved for 2012.

    Commissioner John O’Grady said Scott has been prudent with his budget and justified the need for more deputies. He said the casino and the Scioto Downs “racino,” which opened in June in an area of southern Columbus surrounded by township land, each drove that need.

    Commissioner Paula Brooks said the sheriff might need even more deputies for casino-related duties. She said that, though the casino is located in Columbus, crime doesn’t stop at the city limits.

    Brooks said she has talked to Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs about forming a task force to look at the issue. But the people who own and run casinos say those fears are overblown.

    Bob Tenenbaum, a spokesman for Penn National Gaming Inc., the company that will operate Hollywood Casino, said casino openings do not spark crime waves.

    “It’s talked about all the time, but there really is no statistical evidence to back it up,” he said.

    A 1999 federal study found that, “Taken as a whole, the literature shows that communities with casinos are just as safe as communities that do not have casinos.”

    A 2006 study by two university professors, however, determined that casinos do cause crime: an 8.6 percent to 12.6 percent increase in property and violent crime, except murder, in the years after a casino opens. The American Gaming Association, which represents casino operators, has since claimed that the 2006 study used flawed methods to reach its conclusions.

    Tenenbaum said the casino does present challenges, mainly that the company expects the venue to draw as many as 10,000 people a day. But those concerns — primarily about controlling traffic — are the same as those that arise from any large-scale event such as an Ohio State University football game. And in the casino’s case, the visitors will be spread out over more hours.

    He said the company’s experience in Toledo bears that out. The Hollywood Casino it opened there in May is similarly situated to the Columbus casino: on the edge of the city near the interstate. So far, there have been few problems.

    Toledo Police Capt. Brad Weis confirmed that there have been few issues since the casino opened. Although the department asked officers to work overtime during the casino’s grand opening and the few days following, things have returned to normal.

    “We’re not seeing any neighborhood issues,” Weis said. “There are several hotels in the immediate vicinity, and they’ve not reported any problems either.”

    Sgt. Todd Kitzler, with the neighboring Rossford Police Department, said it has not added staff or reorganized patrols to deal with the casino that opened across the Toledo border. There have been some traffic problems, he said, but worries of an increase in crime proved to be unfounded.

    “I think it was a concern before it opened,” Kitzler said.

    Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid said his office coordinated with Cleveland police to provide an overwhelming law-enforcement presence for the opening of the Horseshoe Casino there, but he has not heard of any major problems since.

    When that many people congregate in one area, he said, there always will be criminals looking to prey on them, which is why it’s important to plan and prepare. So far, though, things have been calm. Reid said he did not add deputies to deal with the casino, though Cleveland did bring back laid-off officers in time for the casino opening. Cleveland police officials did not return calls or emails.

    Sgt. Rich Weiner, Columbus police spokesman, said that the division has no plans to hire additional officers in anticipation of the casino opening. As far as police are concerned, the casino will be just another large venue similar to Nationwide Arena.

    “We don’t anticipate any problems,” Weiner said. “If something should happen, we’re prepared.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>

    Scott said Cleveland police prepared for the opening of that casino for more than a year and instituted a zero-tolerance policy for even minor infractions in the area, which is helping to keep problems under control. It’s a policy he would like to emulate here, but he has far fewer officers to do that with.

    He also said the neighborhood where the Toledo casino is located does not have the history of trouble associated with the West Side of Columbus.

    “With the amount of people going up, the amount of crime is going to go up,” he said. “We’re going to do the best we can.”

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    That would explain it. 30 deputies? I can't believe they would hire and send them directly to the casino. You think these hires will take the place of guys/girls that will be going out there? I thought FCSO was big on having you serve in Corrections for awhile before sending you out.

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    I just got my invite to the written on the 28th. Here goes nothing...

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    Yea and that article makes it seem like they want the 30 deputies by the time the casino opens up in October...they must mean they're transferring 30 people to work the casino and their spots need to be filled...no test invite for me, did you receive it in the mail or email? Hopefully I haven't received it yet because they are mailing them out alphabetically! Good luck

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    Welp got it a day late; I'll be testing on the 28th as well. Good luck!

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    So did you get the invites by mail or did they email them?

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    It came in the mail

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    Does anyone know what the physical assessment is like? Is it a VO2 Max test or is it a physical abilities test designed by FCSO? Thank you, and good luck everyone.

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    I am a former Franklin County Deputy, before I moved on to work for the Feds. I served under Karnes, before Sheriff Scott became the boss. (He actaully was the Detective who administered my polygraph during the hire process. ) Although it's been a few years since leaving county, I'm here to tell you now that Sheriff Scott is a straight up, solid man. I will be happy to answer what questions I can via PM or open forum. Bear in mind that there's a new Sheriff in town, and some things might have changed up during the hiring process since Jim Karnes left.......

    ldketelsen- You will be graded under the Cooper Standards with push ups, sit ups, and timed 1.5 mile run; broken down by age and sex. That is the standard for ALL sworn Ohio officers coming through OPOTA.....BUT.....

    You don't need to worry about this until you actually attend OPOTA, though. You will start as a non-certified deputy working the jail, and wil go through a 5 week OPOTA corrections/jail course.....NOT the full Peace Officer course. You will not have an opportunity to attend OPOTA Peace Officer until after you make probation. When I was there, Karnes made you wait 2 years before going through OPOTA.

    If you're already schooled AND still current on your cert. when you're hired, the Sheriff can recognize your comission and swear you in before your probation mark.
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    Thank you, QuietPro.

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    QuietPro- thanks for the info.

    I received the invite for the 28th as well. Any idea what format the testing will cover? I am currently in the process for CPD, is this testing similar?

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    buckeye- No, the written's going to be a bit different. The test is broken down into 4 parts. The first is a video test based on corrections situations you will encounter frequently in a jail/prison; choose the best course of action. Then, you will take a basic grammar portion. Next, you will take a basic math test that simulates keeping track of inmate counts. Finally, you will be required to do a simulated written report by writing a paragraph based on a situation on a video. You need at least a 70% on the first three parts, and a "pass" on the last part. You must pass all 4 parts to go on to the jail tour/interview. You will be notified of your results via mail a few weeks after you test, and then later contacted for a jail tour and interview.
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    Well- test over, what did you all think?

    I heard that the group on Tuesday was just 1 or 2, and they said at the end they are looking to hire around 30 candidates. Gonna be extremely competitive. I wish the best of luck to all.

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    The group on Tuesday was just 1 or 2 what? I thought the test went well...I was surprised by how many people were there and what types of people were there - saw a guy wearing flip flops and Pajama pants....unreal!

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    The test was probably one of the easiest I've taken in my life..... I couldn't believe the people beside me were talking through the test though, it was quite obnoxious.

    Obuck, the pajamas is bad - but I saw one girl in hooker heels and mini skirt, that is 100x worse.
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    @KSU2010 I saw that girl too! LOL.

    Yeah, I was hoping that I would not be under-dressed in a polo and khakis. I feel like I did ok on at least 3 out of the 4 sections. The video portion was a little more difficult as I have not faced any of those situations. Good luck though, I hope to see you all in the next step!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye80 View Post
    @KSU2010 I saw that girl too! LOL.

    Yeah, I was hoping that I would not be under-dressed in a polo and khakis. I feel like I did ok on at least 3 out of the 4 sections. The video portion was a little more difficult as I have not faced any of those situations. Good luck though, I hope to see you all in the next step!
    You WILL face several of those similar situations if you make it to the jail, I promise you. BUT you will overcome them with a good FTO, common sense, and experience. (I too, felt the video part was fairly difficult.... BUT- As long as you pass each part, you're still good to go. I only pulled a 75% on the video portion, and I still made it in......)

    So........What do you all have against mini-skirts and hooker heels, hm? Haters! (LOL!)

    Relax, guys and gals...... as long as you don't wear that to the INTERVIEW portion...... And believe it or not, when the time comes people will STILL show up in jeans, sweats, and mini-skirts. Be happy about that, because it will mean LESS competition for you in the future.

    Now comes the waiting game. You will play this wonderful game in between each portion of the process, so sit back and get used to it. You will all receive your results in about 2 - 3 weeks, for better or worse. I suggest you all continue on with your job searches, and do not torture yourselves by merely camping out by the mailbox. Good luck to you all.
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    Passed! interview Wed Sept 19!
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    Good luck to all! I decided not to attend the testing after a thorough convo with my wife about moving. You'll see that the group will quickly get whittled down when some of those people show up to the interviews dressed like that. For now, I'm staying in IN and I'm waiting on a PD offer with my old university. A lot less pay, but we won't have to go anywhere.
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    @obuck34 - Congrats! How were you notified?
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    My test date was August 28

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    Quote Originally Posted by obuck34 View Post
    Passed! interview Wed Sept 19!
    Good luck. This will be the most critical part of your hiring process...... The interview will weed out the majority of the remaining candidates who passed the written.
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    Thanks QP...working on what I'm going to say for my "3 biggest strengths" and "3 biggest weaknesses" now!

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