FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. — The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is among agencies in Arkansas that utilizes reserve deputies to help protect and serve the community. Right now, FCSO is looking for new recruits to join its reserve unit.

“We don't get paid, but we serve with the full time deputies and back them up the best we can -- whether that's riding with them or taking a unit out ourselves and patrolling the county,” John Camp, commander of the FCSO Reserve Unit said.

After completing state-required training, each reserve volunteers a minimum of eight hours each month. The unit is made up of about 30 people – business owners, former military members, college students and others who want to give back.

“We know law enforcement is short-handed in general, and some of ‘em get a bad rap and we're here to help them in any way we can,” Camp said.

Their service does not go unnoticed.

“You have people who work their full-time jobs, go to school full time, and are willing to volunteer their time on top of what they're doing to help the sheriff's office – it's a blessing,” said Deputy Erinn Stone, public information officer for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.

Stone noted that people often transition from the reserve unit into full-time law enforcement careers.

The next training class is scheduled to begin in early 2020. Click here for more information and to download an application.