01/07/2013 11:40 EST | Updated 03/09/2013 05:12 EST

Former head recruiter for Edmonton police cadets headed to jail for theft

EDMONTON - The former head of recruitment for the Edmonton police department's cadet program is headed to jail.

John Alvin Jerke, 36, has been sentenced to one year behind bars after admitting to stealing from the program.

Court was told Jerke stole nearly $85,000 between 2009 and 2011 to pay off his personal gambling debts.

Jerke was fired from the job in the spring of 2011 after the allegations first surfaced.