SHERIFF PROMOTES THREE RESERVE DEPUTIES
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts promoted three Lexington County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputies to supervise fellow reserve deputies, who volunteer their time to assist full-time, paid deputies.
Metts promoted Lee Thomas, 50, of Columbia, to the rank of major. On April 3, 1996, Metts appointed Thomas to serve as a reserve deputy.
Metts promoted Russell Bauknight, 56, of Irmo, to the rank of captain. On May 2, 2002, Metts appointed Bauknight to serve as a reserve deputy.
Metts promoted Worth Rogers, 60, of West Columbia, to the rank of lieutenant. On March 30, 2004, Metts appointed Rogers to serve as a reserve deputy.
In 2013, 22 reserve deputies saved taxpayers $304,744 by working a combined total of 12,853 hours, Metts said. Reserve deputies answered calls for help from citizens, wrote incident reports, issued citations and warnings to motorists who violated traffic laws, served arrest warrants and provided law enforcement services at community events, such as road races.
“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.
In 2013, 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, Metts said. Reserve deputies issued a combined total of 458 warnings and 120 citations to motorists and other persons who violated the law.
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.
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