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Last year at this time, Ashley Solano had a bright career as a highly sought after, senior vice president of a national, award winning political media firm. That was then. After tomorrow morning, you can call her Deputy Solano. To some, her story may sound unique, but she is only one of the many standouts in Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's latest graduating class of Law Enforcement Deputies. Class 47 walks the stage and gets sworn in this Friday, December 14th at 10 a.m. at the Falkenburg Road Jail Assembly Room, 520 North Falkenburg Road. Media is invited to witness this important moment when these men and women receive their HCSO Stars.
"I joined the Sheriff's Office because Hillsborough County is my home and at 31 years of age, I knew it was time to give back to the place I love so much," said Solano. During the Academy, Solano was awarded the Top Shot Award, the Defensive Driving Award and the Merit Award as the overall, outstanding cadet.
Highlights of this class include:
- 25 Cadets made up of 20 men and 5 women
- The first in her family to graduate high school and college
- A 20-year Veteran who retired as Marine Gunnery Sergeant
- The son of a New York Police Department 9-11 Veteran
- Eight individuals with prior military service
- Three former Detention Deputies
- 98.8% Class academic average39/40 Average Pistol Qualification scores
- Almost all are college graduates
"This class is a perfect example of the extremely high caliber of men and women that choose to dedicate their lives to make our community better," said Sheriff's Spokesperson Danny Alvarez. "When you look at these men and women, you are looking at the finest our society has to offer. Based on their education, qualifications and will, they could have done anything they wanted in this life and they choose to become a deputy with us. I can't imagine anything more noble."
After qualifying and passing the entrance requirements, candidates first go through a rigorous three-week Sheriff's Orientation Training course. Up next is a an almost six-month long Law Enforcement Academy hosted at Hillsborough County Community College run specifically for HCSO. Each candidate then must complete a 10-week internal training module within the Agency to be able to
earn the title of HCSO Deputy. After they are sworn in, the new Deputies will spend the next four months under the watchful eyes of Field Training Officers in the Districts they will eventually call home.