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Greene Sheriff’s Office to Begin Volunteer Program

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With budget cuts hitting several localities hard, adding the necessary personnel to keep the streets safe can be a challenge.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office has come up with a solution to provide adequate service while also adding man power – at zero cost.

Sheriff Steve Smith put out the call for a few good volunteers to participate in the deputy auxiliary program. This will give the office an extra set of eyes and ears for a number of responsibilities.

People have already jumped on board, but help is still needed. Three people have completed the test and will begin training in the next couple of weeks, but the sheriff's office wants to fill a total of 10 positions.  

The auxiliary deputies will be trained on how to use a firearm, court procedures - such as serving papers - and general duties to assist deputies on a daily basis.

Smith says, not only does the program help ensure there is no loss in service to the county, but it could also jumpstart careers.

"These are people who live here in the community. They want to give back to the community, hopefully get a career in law enforcement, and this is where we will be hiring people from when we have openings in the future," Smith said.

"Of course we would train them in law and basic defensive tactics. Courtroom procedures, prisoner transport, and basically they will touch on everything regular certified officers participate in," said Deputy Michael Martin.

The office is encouraging both men and women to apply. You can pick up an application from the sheriff's office or fill out a form online.

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