JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Sheriff says that the public’s distrust in law enforcement has a big impact on finding new candidates to join the ranks.
Sheriff Jim Quattrone, in an interview with WNYNewsNow on Wednesday, says in the past year there were only nine new candidates from Chautauqua County in the local Sheriff Academy.
“We are overall trying to increase those numbers and trying to work with our community to try and get some minority members willing to attend the academy and become interested in law enforcement,” explained Sheriff Quattrone.
He says that the Civil Service Test can sometime be a barrier in applying for public jobs like law enforcement, however, he is working with schools to help students overcome that.
The Sheriff also gave his perspective on the dialog between law enforcement and protestors at Sunday’s Black Lives Matter rally.
Viewers can watch the full interview with Sheriff Quattrone in the embedded video above, or, by clicking here.