Montgomery County, TN – The ten Reserve Deputies, out of a pool of 50 applicants, that were accepted into the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office program August 31st graduated the required 86 hour training course.
“These deputies donate their time to assist patrol, assist in extradition, service of warrants and more,” said Sgt. Brian Prentice, who has been in charge of the program for 30 years, adding that they each pay $800.00 to become a reserve, as they have to buy their own equipment.During the ceremony, held in the County Commission chambers, Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and Chief Deputy Edgar Patterson were in attendance to congratulate the deputies.
Prentice noted during his first year of the growing program 30 years ago, there were about 20 reserves that had no training, but were commission like regular deputies. Now there are 40 reserves that receive 86 hours of training initially and 40 hours of in-service each year.
“Actually, the program we put our reserves through has been made a standard in the state for all reserve deputy programs,” Prentice said.
Those graduating were William Turnage, Shawn Davis, Pete Hernandez, Billy Jones, Keith McVickers, Christopher Mailhiot, Julio Mella, Robert Parker, Gary Moore and Eric Sneed.