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Richmond County reserve deputies sworn in

Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:54 AM
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Nine of the new Rich­mond County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputies took an oath in front of Probate Judge Harry James at the courthouse Thursday and say they’re ready to roll.

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The reserve deputies are addressed by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree after being sworn in. Many of the reservists are former police officers.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
The reserve deputies are addressed by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree after being sworn in. Many of the reservists are former police officers.


Lt. Lewis Blanchard said he hopes to have at least half of the officers available for June’s First Friday celebration downtown.

“I’m very excited to get out there and be on the road,” Ashley Syria said after the ceremony.

Syria just graduated from the police academy and had several interviews but said she kept running into “we’re not hiring.”

After hearing about the new program, she jumped at the opportunity to use her skills, even if it is for free.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “If I’m not going to get a job, at least I can get out there and help the community.”

The reserve deputy program has been a work in progress for years. All deputies will be armed, have full authority including arrest powers and have to meet the same requirements of any other deputy. The
only difference is that they will be volunteering their time.

The deputies are required to work at least 20 hours a month or 60 hours per quarter.

One deputy could not be sworn in Thursday and will return at a later date.

The reservists still have a few more steps to complete, including being fit for uniforms and firearms qualifying.

Marcial Rodriguez, who works during the day as a Span­ish teacher at the Aca­demy of Richmond Coun­ty, said he’s excited to get back on the streets. Rodriguez, like many of the reservists, worked as a deputy for years before leaving because of the low pay.

“I’ve still got it in me,” he said.

Sheriff Richard Round­tree attended the swearing-in and said reserves are something the county has been “starving for” for a long time.

“History has always told us there’s nothing greater than the heart of a volunteer,” Roundtree said.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/30/13 - 12:19 pm
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Good for them! Thanks for your service!

Are they POST certified? All other certified law enforcement officers in the State are.

whynot2
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whynot2 05/30/13 - 04:27 pm
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Sweet son

They have to be to have arrest powers. It describes this in the article.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/30/13 - 07:38 pm
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So whynot2 are you one of them?

Simple question and you provided no answer!

tanman2001
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tanman2001 05/30/13 - 08:44 pm
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POST YES

Yes. Everyone is POST Certified. They all have absolutely the same credentials as any other Deputy Sheriff would possess. Reserves can't take advantage of paid special duty assignments except in extreme circumstances, and of course, don't get compensated for their service. Its a "win win" for the county and a win for a Peace Officer who wants to serve in a small capacity doing what he loves. Thanks.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 05/31/13 - 07:09 am
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Excellent news...

Sheriff Roundtree can check this one off his campaign promise list and he is not even six months into his term.

Keep working hard Sheriff and letting the smart people who work with you help you be a success, some of us DO see it.

This is just great news. Safety and Security.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/31/13 - 07:48 am
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reserve deputies
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good luck, godspeed, and please above all be carefull you have agreed to do a thankless job but i am gratefull. keep you head down and your powder dry, when necessary aim for center mass i would rather you be able to go home to your families than the rats, roaches, vermin, leeches, parasites, and welfare moochers, thugs, and drug dealers who choose to break the law

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 05/31/13 - 10:02 am
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Well Done

This is great and well overdue. Think of what a difference this will make for First Fridays downtown and other situations. I am thankful for these volunteers and hope that this will make a safer Augusta.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/31/13 - 11:16 am
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Thanks for the info tanman!

I figured that POST certification would be the case but just wanted to make sure. The other important thing about these volunteers is that being POST certified they paid several thousand dollars out of their own pockets for that piece of paper. Good for them!!

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dstewartsr 05/31/13 - 12:36 pm
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Anyone who wants the job

... probably isn't someone who should be hired. Going into people's homes, seeing people at the worst time of their lives, why would anyone other than some power tripping sociopath want pay us to do that? For a chance to kill someone or drive like an idiot, able to break the law with impunity? I think it's scary that stuck in schoolyard bullies are being put on the street, protected by the blue wall.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/31/13 - 04:52 pm
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Dern dstewartsr.......

give them a chance! If it doesn't work out they can be removed from the program!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 05/31/13 - 08:49 pm
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Dstewartsr

Time for a re-fill buddy.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/01/13 - 12:12 am
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Yeah!

I'm with Dstewartsr. Fire all the cops. We don't need them. They are all crooked anyhow. We need to hire only the finest; Dstewartsr should be the first to apply. He can show us all how it's done.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/01/13 - 03:43 am
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Why Not Specials?

Why aren't they allowed to work specials? If they are working for free it seems like this would be one benefit with a little reward.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/01/13 - 03:47 am
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Regular vs. Reserve

Fatyboghog, I kind of get what Dstewart means although his wording was a little strong. It's actually a compliment to regular officers such as yourself. The experience factor that paid, regular officers bring to the table is a huge plus. It's one thing to know procedures, but a bigger advantage to know how it all works in real life after being involved in various situations for years. A regular officer knows when to hold um and when to fold um.

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 06/01/13 - 04:45 am
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Most do it because they care

Most LEO's go into it because they care, plain and simple as that. Sure, you have some that go for the wrong reasons, just as with every other work force situation in the USA. But, overall, they care, are here to help and enjoy making things better.

As for volunteers, they come in many industries, fire, rescue, police and even Doctors - they majority care greatly and do a great service for our country. They are to be commended for helping to make things better vs. sitting behind a screen criticizing. If you aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.

Congrats to these great men and women who care enough to help make Augusta better.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/01/13 - 08:09 am
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Very good program

Let them work & let them live---I saw that on a road sign in South Carolina ....
Thanks Rtree for trying something like this...you are surprising many folks....some might have to eat crow...lol
And that is a tough ole bird to eat!....:)

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paladin5 06/02/13 - 07:58 pm
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CONGRATULATIONS......

Congratulations New Reserves....Welcome to the Thin Blue Line. I have the personal and professional pleasure and experience of working with many Reserve LEOs. Many of them own their own business and are active in the community. Some of my observations about Reserves:
1. Lt. Blanchard was a Reserve.
2. Many of our Reserves became Regular LEOs because of their demonstrated abilities and Qualifications.
3. Many of our Regular LEOs become Reserves when they leave the agency for new opportunities which often is financial in nature with them having a growing family.
4. A NEW Regular LEO/Rookie/Proby is usually on the same level of a Reserve with regard to Experience and Knowledge. You have to start somewhere.
5. Some People do believe in Giving Back, and Do It with Action (LEO, EMT, FIREFIGHTER, REDCROSS, ANIMAL RESCUE, etc).
6. Sometimes, unfortunately, a Regular LEO slips through the system or changes and becomes a Bully, or an indifferent and cynical officer, or even goes to the Dark Side.
7. Today We need ALL the Help we can get; The Reserve Program will be as Successful if the Leadership guides it properly.
8. You have to be Impressed and Humble when a Reserve, Out Shoots you, Out Drives you, and has the ability to Solve Problems because of their Life Experience, and it happens that way.

COP - Centurion of Peace

P.S. Can someone give DStewartSR a Junior Deputy Badge!....and A Hug.

John Q Q
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John Q Q 06/12/13 - 12:23 pm
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more reserves

Raves to the Richmond County Sheriff Office for starting a reserve deputy program. However more can be done. Currently only certified officers may join. There are many people that would like to help out that do not have the time or the money to put themselves through an academy to become certified. Richmond County needs to host a night time reserve deputy academy. This will allow people to become certified and help out. This includes military police, law enforcement officers from other states that settle here, and people that work during the day. A simple signed contract to volunteer for 5 years or repay the county for the cost of the academy would keep people from getting trained and then leaving for another department.

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