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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.



 


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02/26/2015 - Annual Awards Banquet  
02/25/2015 - Fugitive Investigators Seek Help from Citizens in Finding Man Wanted on Burglary Charge  
02/25/2015 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Breaking Into Buildings at Two Schools  
02/23/2015 - Certified Jail Executive  
02/23/2015 - Detectives Charge 13-Year-Old Boy with Communicating Threat to Detonate Destructive Device at School  
02/18/2015 - Body Armor Donated to K-9 Police Dog  
02/12/2015 - Detectives Serve Man with Eight Arrest Warrants for Communicating Threats to Detonate Destructive Device at School  
02/11/2015 - Detectives Arrest Man for Communicating Threats to Detonate Destructive Device at School  
02/09/2015 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Stealing Lawn Mowers, Tractor and Loader Worth $35,000  
02/06/2015 - Deputies Arrest Two Men for Stealing Lawn Mowers, Tractor and Loader Worth $35,000  
02/06/2015 - Career Seminar  
01/27/2015 - Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Young Girls in 2000 and 2014  
02/10/2015 - Man Charged with Additional Property Crimes  
01/26/2015 - White Knoll Business Coalition Meeting Postponed  
01/27/2015 - 83 Units of Blood Donated at Sheriff's Department Blood Drive  
01/27/2015 - Synthetic Marijuana Investigation  
01/21/2015 - Investigators Arrest Man Who Was Wanted for Presenting Stolen Lottery Ticket  
01/20/2015 - White Knoll Business Coalition  
01/19/2015 - Man Charged with Firing Gunshots at Deputy  
01/16/2015 - Reserve Deputies Saved Taxpayers More Than $260,000 in 2014  
01/16/2015 - Deputies Arrest Man in Stabbing Incident  
01/08/2015 - Deputies Arrest Man for Stealing Pickup Truck  
01/06/2015 - Detectives Seek Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect  
01/06/2015 - Blood Drive  


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