Lorain County sheriff Phil Stammitti is seeking volunteers to serve as auxiliary deputies.
A training class will begin Jan. 19 and applications are being accepted now. It is open to all who are 19 and older, have a high school diploma, are citizens of the United States, and are of impeccable character.
The sheriff’s auxiliary was organized in 1957. Over the years, it has proven to be a dedicated and efficient volunteer organization, Stammitti said.
In 2014, the auxiliary donated 16,292 hours to the sheriff’s office in three basic areas: cruiser duty, allowing two-person patrol cars; jail duty, augmenting corrections officers; and special duty, assisting with traffic control and security at special functions such as the Lorain County Fair.
Applicants will be required to pass a background check and be interviewed by the auxiliary command staff. Upon acceptance, each must complete a training academy consisting of 110 hours of procedures, self-defense, search and seizure, and Ohio law.
Applications may be obtained by writing, calling, or stopping at the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, 9896 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, or online at www.loraincountysheriff.com.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.