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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Sheriff’s Office reports on personnel demographics

Diversity Demographics

Public safety is more than a job at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, it’s a mission. Because everyone deserves a safe place to live, work, play and go to school.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office is committed to hiring the highest quality personnel possible, and we actively work to recruit people who share our Mission, Vision and Values.

One of those values is TRANSPARENCY. As a fulfillment of that value, we took a look at diversity within our organization. While it is difficult to look at a broader spectrum of cultural diversity — rural versus urban, town versus city, social economic and educational backgrounds — we recognize that a wide range of experiences can help us to better serve the variety of communities, people and subcultures that make up the tapestry that is Cleveland County.

What we can report on is how gender and racial groups are represented within the agency. Based on the June 8, 2020 employee roster, we have 190 employees. Of those, 73 are fully commissioned law enforcement deputies. The remaining are non-commissioned personnel.

Of the total number of employees, 136 are male while 54 are female.  Of those, 1 percent are Asian, 8.4 percent are Black, 8.4 percent Hispanic, 5.2 percent Native American and 76.8 percent are white.

The percentages of our commissioned deputies are similar with 64 men and nine women and a racial breakdown of: Asian 1.4 percent, Black 9.5 percent, Hispanic 5.4 percent, Native American 4.1 percent and white 79.4 percent.

These numbers compare with 2019 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau indicating that Cleveland County’s population has 4.7 percent identifying as Asian, 5.5 percent as Black, 9.2 percent as Hispanic, 5.3 percent as Native American, 0.1 percent as Native Hawaiian and 78.3 percent as white, as well as another 6 percent identifying as two or more races. 

While we value diversity and encourage women and minorities to apply for jobs at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, we will always hire the best, most committed people for the job regardless of outward differences. What we will not compromise is the commitment to our Mission which calls on us to “defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all persons.”

Because you deserve a safe place to live, work, play and go to school.

* County statistics are from U.S. Census Bureau July 1, 2019 estimate. See Note: The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office does not track “Two or More Races” as a separate category. 

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