Sheriff James R. Metts
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department offers a variety of ways for citizens to get involved or volunteer with the Sheriff’s Department and the community.
Public Safety Citizen’s Academy
The Public Safety Citizen’s Academy is designed to give citizens an in-depth look into the inner workings of the Sheriff’s Department, Lexington County Fire Service, Lexington County Emergency Medical Service, and the Lexington County Communications Center. Participants receive forty-nine hours of training and instruction regarding the goals and objectives, organizational structures, and general operating procedures of the various public safety disciplines of Lexington County.
For more information about, or to enroll in the Public Safety Citizen’s Academy, contact Lori Drafts at the Sheriff’s Department by calling (803) 785-2557. An application for the Public Safety Citizen's Academy may be downloaded here.
Law Enforcement Explorers
Law Enforcement Explorers is a program associated with the Boy Scouts of America which allows young men and women ages 14 to 20 an opportunity to learn about law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer Post #106 meets every Tuesday evening from September through June of each school year. Law Enforcement Explorers receive training in Criminal Law, Police Procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms. Explorer Post #106 also competes in an annual state competition with other Law Enforcement Explorer Posts from across South Carolina.
Over the years, many participants in the Explorer program have gone on to become sworn law enforcement officers with the Sheriff’s Department.
For information on how to join Explorer Post #106, contact Lieutenant Alan Driggers at the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-2581.
Sheriff’s Advisory Council
The Sheriff’s Advisory Council is a volunteer group comprised of citizens, business owners, and community leaders from across Lexington County which provides advice and counsel to the Sheriff concerning the effectiveness of public safety, law enforcement, and detention operations in the county. The group serves as one of the Sheriff’s Department’s most valuable sources of citizen input by acting as a sounding board to discuss current programs and activities, as well as, proposed changes in the way the Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement and public safety services.
For information on getting involved with the Sheriff’s Advisory Council, contact Colonel Paavel at the Sheriff’s Department by calling (803) 785-8230.
Reserve Deputy Unit
Since 1980, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has been assisted by private citizens who have decided to serve their community by volunteering their time to work as a regular uniformed Deputy Sheriff. In fact, the Sheriff’s Department was the first law enforcement agency in South Carolina to start a reserve officer program.
Reserve Deputies have the same authority as do regular full-time law enforcement officers, therefore to become a Reserve Deputy, an individual must satisfactorily meet the same selection criteria and standards as do those individuals pursuing a full-time, paid position with the Sheriff’s Department.
Generally each year, the Sheriff’s Department conducts one Reserve Deputy candidate school where individuals receive 202-hours of instruction on a variety of topics, to include: Criminal Law, Police Procedures, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms. Candidates must complete this training, then successfully obtain reserve officer law enforcement certification through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy to become a Reserve Deputy.
Thereafter, Reserve Deputies are required to serve a minimum of 60-hours per quarter, and attend a minimum of four-hours of ongoing training per month.
Individuals interested in making this very significant commitment to serve the community, should complete and submit a regular Lexington County Sheriff’s Department employment application, which can be obtained at the front desk of Sheriff’s Department headquarters in Lexington, or by clicking here. For more information, contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Human Resources Division by calling (803) 785-2407.
In 2004, a group of area clergymen, representing a variety of recognized religious denominations, came together to form the Lexington County Public Safety Chaplain Corps with a goal to provide counsel and support to the men and women serving the citizens of Lexington County as law enforcement officers, firefighters, telecommunications operators, and emergency medical technicians.
Volunteering their time to serve Lexington County’s public safety community, the members of the Chaplain Corps are available to assist with the notification of family members in the event of the death or serious injury of a public safety worker. Chaplains also provide guidance and counseling on spiritual, family, mental health, and other personal issues, as well as, aid public safety officers who have been involved in traumatic incidents.
Anyone interested in volunteering to serve in this way should contact Senior Chaplain David Lee by calling (803) 361-4467. Other general questions can be directed to the Sheriff’s Department’s Human Resources Division office which can be reached by calling (803) 785-2407.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s Volunteer Program is comprised of citizens who assist the Department by volunteering their time to work and help out in a variety of ways throughout the agency. Whether its answering telephones at the Detention Center Booking Desk, filing records in the Training Division, or assisting citizens at the front desk at headquarters, volunteers provide much-needed assistance in helping the Sheriff’s Department accomplish its mission.
For information on how you can volunteer with the Sheriff’s Department, call Volunteer Coordinator Liz Wright at (803) 785-2551.
A volunteer application may be downloaded by clicking here.