Reserve Deputy Training
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications from prospective reserve deputies for a reserve law enforcement officer training class that the Sheriff’s Department will begin conducting on Wednesday, October 22. Classes will be held every Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a period of four months.
In February 2015, Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty will swear in reserve deputies who successfully complete the reserve law enforcement officer training class.
Citizens who want to become a reserve deputy can apply by calling the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230, McCarty said. You should ask to speak with someone in personnel.
Applications for a reserve deputy position are available at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, McCarty said. Citizens also can download an application for a deputy position online at the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).
Prospective reserve deputies are asked to submit their applications by Thursday, August 8, McCarty said.
Under South Carolina law, reserve law enforcement officers must be 21 or older, with a clean criminal record, McCarty 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, McCarty said.
In order to be sworn in 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, McCarty said. Reserve deputies must complete training that is comparable to the training that the Sheriff’s Department provides to full-time, sworn officers.
During their first year of service, reserve deputies must complete field training and patrol with a full-time, sworn officer, McCarty said. Reserve officers 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.
“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,” McCarty 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 total of 12,853 hours with the Sheriff’s Department, McCarty said. That saved taxpayers $304,744, based on an hourly rate of $23.71 for a full-time deputy’s annual salary and fringe benefits.
In 2013, reserve deputies worked a total of 7,960 hours on patrol shifts and answered 5,982 calls for help from citizens, McCarty said. Reserve deputies prepared a total of 936 incident reports, issued a total of 120 citations and warnings, arrested a total of 206 persons and served a total of 458 warrants.
In 2013, reserve deputies worked a total of 2,000 shifts at special events, such as festivals, parades, holiday events and running events, McCarty said.