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Reserves play a key role for Franklin County Sheriff's Office

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The Franklin County Sheriff says reserve deputies have been stepping up more and more to help keep his region safe, and they do it completely on a volunteer basis, even though it requires about a year's worth of training.

 The Sheriff's Office has a handful of people working for them now that were once reserves, which is why the Sheriff says it's a great way to find out if you're fit for life as an officer.

 "It's a great experience for people thinking about a career in law enforcement, they can see if it's something they really want to do," he said.

To become a reserve one must pass a series of background checks, tests and a year full of on the job training.  

Sheriff Lathem also says the reserves are playing a key role now more than ever as the office deals with budget cuts and recent layoffs.

If you're interested in becoming a reserve you can go to the Sheriff's office at the Franklin County Court House and ask for an application.

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