MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Army in hopes of recruiting more deputies.
The program, called Partnership for Youth Success or PaYS, is designed to connect soldiers to future employees.
PaYS soldiers are guaranteed a job interview and possible employment after their reserve training or first term of service. The program allows youth the opportunity to serve and prepare for the future.
The hope is also to provide more career opportunities for Army Veterans.
Leaders say the sheriff's office is perfect employment for soldiers.
"Service, honor, integrity, personal courage, very closely align with what you would want from a law enforcement officer. So our values and our trust and training we do for our soldiers is very close parallel to what you want from law enforcement," said LTC Keyes Metcalf with the U.S. Army.
With the recent turmoil in our country surrounding law enforcement, the sheriff's office says it's been difficult to recruit, making PaYS an ideal partnership.
"We want them to come, we want them to take these tests, get that interview, because I know where they have been at, I know what they have been doing during that time they were in the military. They have been under that watchful eye, so, they will make good applicants for us and I'm excited about it," says Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.
PaYS is a nationwide program that has been around since 2000.
The MCSO is the first partnership with PaYs in Alabama.