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Potter Co. Sheriff's Office Honored by County

Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Some of the Potter County Deputies you see patrolling the streets are not getting paid... And Monday the County Commission honored the Sheriff's department for it.

Those deputies aren't getting paid because they don't want to be... There are 13 of them who are part of the county's volunteer deputy reserve program. Sheriff Brian Thomas says, "They have the same credentials and everything as a regular deputy that works here. It's just that these guys have another job and this is something they want to do."

All of the reserve deputies have to have law enforcement training and certification... They carry a gun, they can respond to calls, they can go get prisoners on warrant calls, you name it... But they're doing it all for free.

That's part of the reason the Sheriff's Office is being recognized as the most improved department in Potter County. These reservists save the county upwards of $100,000 a year.

They also help the department to be more productive since they can do work paid deputies would ordinarily be taken away from their normal duties to do...things like driving out of state to pick up prisoners in a warrant round-up or extra patrolling at the Tri-State Fair.

Just this past weekend, two of them filled in at the county jail.

If you'd like to be part of this program, you can apply at the Potter County Sheriff's Office or you can call 379-2900. You have to have gone through a peace officer training academy or you can take the class at Amarillo College.

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