RESERVE DEPUTY PROGRAM
In 2011 the Stone County Sheriff's Department had 11 auxiliary/reserve deputies. These men and women donated 5,454 hours worth of free labor assisting the department with many duties and details.
Duties included, but were not limited to, transporting inmates to and from court, doctor appointments, Arkansas Department of Correction and transports for mental evaluations. These auxiliary/reserve deputies have given the department extra patrol where needed and also assisted in special events such as Folk Festival and Bean Fest, security at gun shows, proms, ballgames and other events.
The value on the services these deputies provide - if paid minimum wage - would equal a savings to the county of $49,905 for the year. In 2012 these volunteers have already donated 1,781 hours during the first three months. This is $13,375 of free labor. Included in these hours are 265 hours of supervising jail inmate litter pick-up along state highways. The trash pick-up program was started in December and has cleaned 149 miles of roadway so far, collecting 1,951 bags of trash at no cost to the county. It is supervised by reserve deputies, and the state Highway Department actually pays the county for the program, $3,050 to date.
Auxiliary/reserve deputies must complete a 110-hour academy training course and be certified by the state's law enforcement standards.
Anyone interested in becoming a reserve deputy may contact the Stone County Sheriff's Department at (870) 269-3825.