TAMPA, Fla. — With police departments across the United States facing staffing shortages, the state of Florida this week started the “Be a Florida Hero” campaign to recruit law enforcement officers.

What You Need To Know

  • The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is looking to hire deputies

  • A hiring event was held Saturday in Tampa

  • Incentives include a $1,500 signing bonus, free training, free medical option

  • Saturday's event was part of the Be a Florida Hero campaign

On Saturday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office held a recruiting event in Tampa.

Recruits could start putting in applications as early as 7 a.m., and physicians were on site until to 10 a.m. to offer free physicals and conduct the required fitness test.

The Sheriff’s Office seeks to hire Hillsborough County deputies or detention deputies.

And it is offering some perks, too, as a way to try to boost recruitment – including a $1,500 signing bonus, paid training and a free medical option.

For more information, contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8070.

The Be a Florida Hero campaign features a website that includes an interactive map where Floridians can check where law enforcement jobs are available. It also includes in-depth descriptions of each branch of law enforcement in Florida, with contact information for potential job seekers to get in touch with the right agency.