Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office looking for reserve deputies

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for reserve deputies.

Qualified candidates will receive training at the Sheriff’s Office by certified police academy instructors, according to a news release from the department. Reserve deputies are not paid and work as back-ups on a volunteer basis.

Lt. Robby Housand said reserve deputies wear the same uniform as paid deputies and are sworn law enforcement officers. He said reserve deputies are particularly important in a rural community like Berkeley County because paid deputies are often spread out and far away from each other.

“Reserve deputies allow us to provide them with back-up wherever they go,” he said. “(Reserve deputies) do not act alone, they ride along with other deputies.”

The training is five months long starting April 6. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. and include several all-day sessions on Saturdays.

Housand said there are a number of reasons individuals become reserve deputies, but it’s often a good way for someone to get their foot in the door to become a full-time law enforcement officer.

Interested applicants can pick up an application during business hours from the Sheriff’s Office, located at 223 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner. The applications are not available online.

The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. March 13. For more information, call Housand or Cpl. Chris Saunders at 843-719-4660.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.