Faulkner County seeking more reserve deputies

Erika Ferrando tells us about the shortage of Faulkner Co. deputies.

Faulkner Co. (KTHV) - The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has 30 full time patrol deputies and 27 reserve deputies. These reserve deputies are 100 percent volunteers who are called for duty as needed.  That's why when the Sheriff's Office needs extra hands.

Monty Harper has been a reserve deputy for two years. He volunteers his service. His full time job is in appliance repair with his company, Harper’s Service in Conway. When volunteering, you may see him directing traffic, out on patrol, or looking for a missing person.

“It seemed like a really good way to serve other people,” said Harper. “During that training you’ll be tazed, pepper sprayed, you’ll learn how to clear buildings." 

He went through 110 hours of training.

“By the end of their training they do here, they are dressed like a full time deputy, they go out on ride-alongs, they have the power to arrest, they carry a firearm, everything is the same," said Deputy Adam Bledsoe with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.

All of these volunteers have full time jobs including tow truck drivers, RV repair, plumbers, business owners, and accountants.

“The majority of people don’t realize we have amazing volunteers who come out and they give so much of their time and resources to be able to do this," said Bledsoe who adds they are required to purchase much of their own equipment.

Faulkner County is hoping for 15 more reserve deputies in 2018.

“We’re asking you to strap on a bullet proof vest and a gun belt and go out there and chase somebody," said Bledsoe.

Harper is called out anywhere from once a month to once a week

"It’s a gratifying feeling to know I helped someone possibly at their worst time in their life you when no one else was there, you're there," said Harper.

The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office is looking for people 21 or older with a clean criminal record. There isn't a maximum age limit as long as you're physically able to do the job. To work for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Reserve program, you do have to live in the county.

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