The Union County Sheriff's Reserve has been assisting the Union County Sheriff's Office with service since 1985. The organization consists of 24 members who have received a certificate in law enforcement after attending a 173 hour course. The reserves' duties include patrolling the county, serving legal papers, assisting in investigations, working auto accidents as well as providing law enforcement for local football and basketball games. Reserves may be called at any hour of the day or night.
In 1998, Sheriff's Reserve provided many hours of volunteer service, which saved the county about $80,000 in salaries.
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month for the reserve unit to conduct business, hold training sessions and to discuss current items.
"We're very proud of the organization and the men and women in it," said Joe Nash, coordinator. "They are a real benefit to the department. They have been real effective since their beginning in 1985." Nash added that since the reserve officers can function in the same capacity as a deputy, selection and training of the reserves is selective, but the organization is open to new members.
Officers of the organization are Coordinator Clark Burton, Commander Cecil Polk, Johnny Brewer Assistant Commander, Charles Hazelwood Treasurer-Squad Leader, Mac Jerry Squad Leader, and Kieth McCurry Secretary.