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Greene County reserve deputies log long hours, save taxpayer money

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Ten people in Greene County are making a difference on the streets and saving taxpayer dollars while they're at it.

The Greene County Sheriff's Department trained the men to be reserve deputies earlier this year. According to the sheriff's department, they logged a combined 560 hours of work last month.

"They're a big asset, we're really proud of them," Greene County Sheriff David Carter said. "These are just regular dads and factory workers. They're just regular people."

Reserve deputies go through what Sheriff Carter called a "mini academy." They take roughly 110 hours of training before becoming reserve officers. After that, they continue to log hours with the department.

Sheriff Carter explained that the reserves not only help with community events like the county fair, they also help protect his deputies.

"If I've got three guys out there on night patrol and they've all got reserves with them, that's six officers out," Sheriff Carter said. "Your backup doesn't have to respond as fast. It's another set of eyes and ears.”

Sheriff Carter told Region 8 News that once a reserve deputy logs 400 hours riding with a sheriff's deputy, they can then ride by themselves.

Sheriff Carter said constables also serve an important role in the county. They logged more than 400 hours last month.

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