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Reserve Captain Kevin Amason

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit serves at the discretion of Sheriff Frank Reynolds. Within the Reserve Unit, there are two distinct service paths – a POST certified peace officer and a non-certified officer. Both paths serve as a support branch for the general operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  In addition, the Reserve Unit offers services with Cherokee’s community events such as speaking engagements to Boy Scout groups, the annual Safety Town Event, and traffic control at 5k races.

The first service path of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is a fully POST certified peace officer who is sworn and primarily works in the Uniform Patrol Division (UPD). In order to work in this capacity, the Reserve Deputy must also complete the standard Field Training Program that our full-time counterparts must complete.  Calls for service run the full spectrum and include traffic accident reporting and enforcement, domestic calls, and theft investigations and reporting to name a few.

The second service path of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is a non-certified (Auxiliary) Deputy. These Deputies work primarily in the Adult Detention Center (ADC). POST peace officer certification isn’t required for this service path, but they are able to work in the ADC performing detention duties. All Auxiliary Deputies must ultimately complete the Detention Officer Program to work as a Detention Deputy. It is possible to attend Basic Jail School and become a POST-certified jailer. Auxiliary Deputies work shoulder-to-shoulder with their full-time counterparts and encounter the same issues related to housing inmates.

In 2020, the Reserve Unit donated over 2,600 hours of volunteer time to the County, providing the taxpayers in excess of $53,000 in payroll savings.  If you are interested in becoming either a Reserve or Auxiliary Deputy, we are always accepting applications. We follow the same hiring process and are guided by the same requirements as full-time deputies.

Christmas Joy

The Christmas Joy Program provides gifts to less fortunate children through a “Shop with a Cop” styled program as well as comfort items to indigent Senior Citizens in Cherokee County during the holiday season. The Reserve Unit solicits donations from both businesses and individuals in the county, identifies viable recipients through partnerships with local school counselors and the Senior Center.  The Reserve Unit also coordinates the shopping with children as well as the delivery of goods to the elderly recipients. The Christmas Joy Program was first initiated in 1996 and has assisted thousands of families with Christmas presents that would have otherwise not received anything.   We take great pride to visit a senior citizen during the holiday season with a special gift.

The Christmas Joy Program accepts donations year-round and falls under the umbrella of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are tax-deductible, but we suggest that you consult with your tax accountant for full details. All donations received are used directly for the Christmas Joy Program. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit and the Sheriff’s Office donate their time for this very worthy program. The only administrative costs incurred are the printing of the mailers and the associated postage. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile program and held a child or senior citizen during the holiday season, please donate.