Sheriff honors reserve deputies; increases efficiency and decreases expense
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - On November 15, 2013, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department honored its reserve deputies to acknowledge the efforts of these volunteers and thank them for what they do. Prior to the recognition ceremony, Richland County Sheriff Lott commended the reserves deputies for their volunteerism, community service, and upholding the Department’s high standards of professionalism and core values. Sheriff Lott commended them for giving back to and caring about those they serve - the citizens of Richland County.
Sheriff Leon Lott is committed to continuing to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department and finding ways to save the citizens money. Sheriff Leon Lott created the Reserve Deputy Program to do just that. With 283 arrests and 2,705 calls for service answered in 2013 alone, Sheriff Leon Lott honored the Reserves for their professional service and dedication (noting that the Sheriff looks forward to the December 6, 2013 graduation of the next reserve deputy class attendees).
During the ceremony on November 15, 2013 the following Reserves were recognized and promoted to the rank of Senior Reserve Deputies:
- Lionel L. Brown
- Steven C. Hamilton
- Col Robert F. Taylor (Ret) (unable to attend)
- Gregory W. Bunner (unable to attend)
- Tiffany Curry
- Ryan J. Davis
- Joseph P. Fraley
- Isaac D. Jones, Jr.
- Harold G. Mayfield
During the ceremony on November 15, 2013 two reserve deputies were presented with the Sheriff’s Life Saving Award:
- Reserve Deputy Gregory Barefoot - saved a woman’s life who was having a heart attack
- Reserve Deputy John Burriss - assisted with a vehicle that was stuck on the train tracks while a train was coming
The Sheriff stated that Reserve deputies are volunteer certified law enforcement officers. They go through the same training as hired deputies and have the same powers and authority. They are required to work a minimum number of hours per quarter to maintain duty status; yet, most work many hours beyond that.
The Reserve Deputy Program was established by Sheriff Leon Lott in 2001. The Sheriff stated that he looks to these volunteer deputies to help fill gaps and greatly enhance the Department in many ways. The Sheriff added that many volunteer to work holidays, weekends and nights, which is when the Department needs the extra manpower.
Although many of the Department’s reserve deputies work hard at their full-time jobs, in their spare time they don a uniform, a badge, and a weapon - just to work this dangerous job for free. The men and women of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Reserve Program are indeed a select group of outstanding citizens.
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