Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth’s plans to utilize a reserve deputy program will become a reality quicker as a result of recent donations of patrol cars. Booth said during his campaign for sheriff there was a need for a reserve deputy program, and he intended to implement the program.
The city of Shawnee is stepping up to the plate to help the sheriff’s department by donating three cars with city commissioners approving the donation Monday night during the city commission meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. Booth said the cooperation among the department, Shawnee Police Department and the city of Shawnee will help the reserve program be able to operate. “The donations actually help to get the program in place and active much quicker,” Booth said. The sheriff’s department also has received donations from local tribes, including Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Nation, Absentee Shawnee and Sac and Fox Nation.
Booth said the reserve program is separated into four divisions — sex offenders, warrants, investigations and patrol. He said the reserve deputies will free up the sheriff deputies to be first responders and to patrol the six districts of Pottawatomie County.
Booth said the reserve deputies will help investigate cases dealing with sex offenders or performing follow-ups on burglaries. “We need the resources to perform these tasks,” he said, adding the donations help the department cover the county better.Booth said the vehicles help out a lot, because the sheriff’s department doesn’t necessarily need vehicles for chases, but the department does need vehicles to respond to incidents.
If commissioners approve the declaration of surplus and the donation, the city of Shawnee will donate a 1999 Ford Crown Victorias and two 2001 Ford Crown Victorias.