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Albemarle County Reserve Officers Sworn In

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Reserve officers are sworn in on the steps of Albemarle County Circuit Court. Reserve officers are sworn in on the steps of Albemarle County Circuit Court.

The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office is welcoming some additional staff members. Seventeen men were sworn in on the steps of the Albemarle County Circuit Court Monday.

The group - the largest reserve class to date - completed the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office Reserve Academy. They will assist the sheriff's office with search and rescue, direct traffic and help in the courtroom.

Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding said, "What a lot of people don't realize is they are required to give us eight hours minimum a month around the courtroom, and they also go on call at night to assist our guys when we get called out, transport mental patients in the middle of the night."

Some new members aspire to get into law enforcement, while others are new retirees, looking to give back to the community.

Mike Waylett, a newly sworn-in reserve deputy, said, "I've always had an interest in law enforcement and saw this as a real opportunity to get involved and help my community and to challenge myself and to learn something new."

The deputies' volunteer work saves the sheriff's department an estimated $500,000 a year.

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