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Sheriff’s Office Recruits CLHS Students

Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Gregg Reese explains the advantages of a career with the Sheriff's Office to students enrolled in Canyon Lake High School's criminal-justice class.

Rapid growth in Comal County and expansion of the county jail in New Braunfels have created 59 new positions for corrections officer — and Comal County Sheriff’s Office urges area high school students who are 18-years-old to apply.

In April, corrections officer visited students enrolled in criminal-justice classes at Canyon Lake High School, Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School to discuss careers in law enforcement.

“The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement allows for corrections officers and communications officers to be licensed at 18 years-of-age,” said Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds in a press release. “Since we have a great working relationship with the Comal Independent School District, it seemed like a good idea to recruit young people who may have a desire to go into law enforcement at an early age. This is an effort to extend an opportunity to our young people to find a career, open the door for future possibilities and keep them local.”

Corrections Capt. Gregg Reese and officers Lisa Jones and Daniel Ruiz shared their own stories with students at Smithson Valley High School.

Reese, who retired from the United States Air Force after 28 years of service, wanted to continue to serve his community and chose law enforcement as a way to do that. Jones, who has worked in law enforcement for 15 years, applied because she was looking for a career that offered a good retirement plan. Ruiz, who has a degree in education and a teaching certificate, took a job at the jail as he waited for a teaching job to open up and stayed because he enjoyed it.

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