Originally created 01/22/06

Sheriff's office to train reserve deputies



Aiken County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its reserve deputy program.

Reserve deputies must go through a 16-week training program, which will begin April 4, organizers said.

"We have not held reserve deputy classes on an annual basis lately," said Lt. Michael Frank, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. "I think, prior to this, the last class was in 2004."

To be a reserve deputy, applicants must:

- Be at least 21 years old by the time the training starts

- Have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma

- Be a U.S. citizen and resident of Aiken County

- Have a birth certificate, no criminal history, good credit rating, good moral character and a good driving record

- Submit to a pre-employment drug screen and physical.

Reserve deputy recruits receive a Class 3 law enforcement certification from the state after completion of their training, Lt. Frank said.

Reserve deputies must volunteer at least 20 hours a month and do in-service training to maintain their certification.

Many of the volunteers do not limit themselves to the minimum number of required hours, Lt. Frank said.

"We have many who go way above the minimum," he said.

Founded in 1985, the sheriff's reserve program has almost 30 deputies today.

In 2003, the reserves put in 21,784 hours, saving Aiken County an estimated $435,700.

Reserve deputies perform patrol duties and provide security and traffic control at community events.

They typically have the same duties as regular deputies, Lt. Frank said.

Reach Sandi Martin at (803) 648-1395, ext. 111, or sandi.martin@augustachronicle.com.

Reserve deputiesApplications for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy program's spring class can be obtained from the sheriff's office. For more information, call 642-1780. Applications are due by Feb. 15.