RESERVE DEPUTIES SAVE TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $300,000
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - A total of 22 reserve deputies who volunteer their time to work with full-time, paid Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies saved taxpayers $304,744 in 2013 by working a combined total of 12,853 hours in 2013.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts thanked the 22 reserve deputies for volunteering their time to assist full-time deputies by answering calls for help from citizens, writing incident reports, issuing citations and warnings to motorists who violated traffic laws, serving arrest warrants and providing law enforcement services at community events, such as road races.
Metts will conduct a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 at the Sheriff’s Department Training Center, 541 Gibson Road, Lexington, for four citizens who successfully completed law enforcement training that will enable the citizens to volunteer their time to work as reserve deputies with the Sheriff’s Department. The four newly appointed reserve deputies will join the 22 reserve deputies who already assist full-time, paid deputies.
“Reserve deputies play a vital role in carrying out our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County,” Metts said. “They sacrifice time away from their families in order to supplement the number of full-time, sworn officers who are assigned to road patrol duties with our agency.”
In 2013, reserve deputies worked a combined total of 7,960 hours on road patrol shifts and answered a total of 5,982 calls for help from citizens, Metts said. Reserve deputies wrote a combined total of 936 incident reports, arrested a total of 206 persons and served a total of 456 arrest warrants and bench warrants. Reserve deputies issued a combined
In 2013, reserve deputies worked a combined total of 2,000 hours to provide law enforcement services at community events, Metts said. Reserve deputies also completed a combined total of 1,364 hours of law enforcement training in 2013.
In 2013, the combined total of 12,853 hours that reserve deputies worked saved Lexington County taxpayers $304,744, based on an hourly pay rate of $23.71 for a newly appointed deputy, Metts said. The hourly pay rate of $23.71 includes salary and fringe benefits.
Metts led the effort to persuade the General Assembly to enact legislation to permit citizens to serve as reserve law enforcement officers. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department was the first law enforcement agency in South Carolina to start a reserve officer program.
Citizens who want to become a reserve deputy can apply by calling the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230, Metts said. You should ask to speak with someone in personnel.
Applications for a reserve deputy position are available at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, Metts said. Citizens also can download an application for a deputy position online at the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).
Under South Carolina law, reserve law enforcement officers must be 21 or older, with a clean criminal record, Metts said. They must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Prospective reserve deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department must pass a background investigation, polygraph examination, drug screening test and physical examination.
South Carolina law requires a reserve law enforcement officer to provide at least 60 hours of service every three months and complete at least four hours of training monthly, Metts said.
In order to be appointed as law enforcement officers, reserve deputies must complete 202 hours of training that is required by South Carolina law and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department policy, Metts said. Reserve deputies must complete training that is comparable to the training that the Sheriff’s Department provides to full-time, paid deputies.
During their first year of service, reserve deputies must complete field training and patrol with a full-time, sworn officer, Metts said. Reserve deputies must receive approval from the sheriff before they can patrol on their own. Reserve deputies who are allowed to work on their own must maintain radio contact with and report to a shift supervisor who is a sworn officer.
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