New Reserve deputy class graduates


Sheriff Bill Blanton announced that the 2005 Reserve Deputy class graduated after over 80 of intensive training. Greg Giles, Chad Ramsey, Vince Moore, and Chris Bake are shown above being sworn in by Cherokee County Clerk of Court Brandy McBee. 

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Training Program includes instruction on firearms, laws of arrest, searches and seizures, evidence, crisis intervention, officer survival, ethics, constitutional law, local ordinances and policies, radio communications, handling prisoners, handling juveniles and human relations.

The class is held 2 nights per week and includes some weekend training, for a total of approximately 80 hours. After successful completion, Reserve Deputies are assigned to a full time Deputy for field training for a minimum of 240 hours. Reserve Deputies are required to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per month to maintain employment. 

Sheriff Blanton is proud of the current program that has 15 Reserve Deputies. They help answer calls for service and assist with special events. Reserve Deputies worked over 6700 hours in 2004.