Millard County now has a reserve officer program with state-certified deputies who have been members of the volunteer sheriff's posse.
Five officers and a dispatcher completed the required 180 hours of training to become certified Utah police officers. Training sessions were coordinated by Deputy Garth White.The new certified officers are Linda Rowley, dispatcher, Dan Bringard, Eric Eberle, Ron Day, Bill Jackson and Loreun Lewis. Others who were not associated with the sheriff's department or posse also completed the training program.
Sheriff Ed Phillips said reserve deputies will provide needed additional patrols in the communities, using vehicles already owned by the county and used by the department. Response time for officers to get to an emergency also is expected to be improved through the program.
The group's members will continue to donate their time but will have full authority as law-enforcement officers while on duty.
Phillips said such a program is not new in larger Utah cities and in other states, having proven to be successful as well as a cost-saving measure for city and county governments.