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Sheriff Reserve Deputies Train in Russell County

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Over fifty volunteer deputies came out to the Boswell Training Facility in Fort Mitchell this afternoon to participate in the Alabama Sheriff Reserve Association Spring Conference.

Russell County Patrol Supervisor Darryl Powell says the training is helpful for the deputies because they are a valuable asset to the communities that they serve.

 "It would be very hard for us to function without the reserves, we simply do not have the budget or the man power to hire people or pay deputies to stay out over night to watch a crime scene," Powell said.

Saturday afternoon deputies were given instructions from the homeland security and Immigration Customs Enforcement based out of Fort Benning. The Shooting competition allowed them to sharpen their shooting skills and fellowship with other reserve officers across state.

"You make friends in other areas and certainly anytime you can call on a resource from somewhere else, that's a big thing and that's what the reserves have done today," Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said.

Also on hand today, a number of the Russell County sheriff office external equipment, a command trailer, crime scene investigation vehicle, and county helicopter.

Lee County Reserve Deputy and Reserve association president Joshua Datnoff says bringing everyone from across the state together better prepares Alabama's reserve deputies.

"It brings everybody together throughout the state, we have different people as far away as mobile and as far north as the Tennessee line," Datnoff said.

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