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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

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.



 


12/18/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Breaking Into Home  
12/17/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More Than 300 Winter Coats to Lexington Interfaith Community Services  
12/11/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
12/11/2014 - Sheriff's Department Awarded Law Enforcement Accrediation for Sixth Time  
12/03/2014 - Sheriff's Department Employees Donate 2,100 Pounds of Food and 700 Toys  
12/02/2014 - Road Closures  
11/26/2014 - Coats for Kids  
11/25/2014 - Man Arrested in Stabbing Incident  
11/21/2014 - Deputy Honored by National Safety Council  
11/18/2014 - Two Persons Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
11/13/2014 - Investigators Arrest Two Additional Men in Fatal Shooting  
11/12/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Eight Deputies  
11/12/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man in Fatal Shooting  
11/11/2014 - Fatal Shooting  
11/06/2014 - UPS Foundation Donates $20,000 to Children's Shelter  
11/04/2014 - Corrections Officer of the Month  
10/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Eight Deputies  
10/24/2014 - Criminal Domestic Violence Video  
10/21/2014 - Deputies Arrest Man for Sexually Assaulting Two Females  
10/18/2014 - Detectives Arrest Woman for Threatening to Use Destructive Device  
10/06/2014 - White Knoll Business Coalition Open House  
09/29/2014 - Man Arrested for Robbing Two Convenience Stores and Trying to Rob One Discount Store  
09/25/2014 - Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
09/23/2014 - Man Charged with Burglary  
09/22/2014 - Shooting Incident  


NEWS RELEASES


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