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