Sep 30, 2013 5:00 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office held a ceremony on Monday to swear in 17 new custody deputies. It was the largest custody deputy hiring ceremony in the agency's history, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Approximately 500 people applied for the jobs. The Sheriff's Office says the hiring process was extensive and included training and a background check.
The new custody deputies will next attend a ten-week training academy to prepare them to work in the Santa Barbara County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office says it is looking to hire more custody deputies to fill vacancies at the jail and to staff the North County Jail, which is expected to open in 2018.
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