Members of the Special Deputy Unit provide officer and community safety in support of the Sheriff’s mission. Many full-time employees of the sheriff’s office once started as Special Deputies.
When a candidate becomes a special deputy, the new special deputy is state certified as a peace officer with the same authority as a regular deputy. Special deputies are usually employed full-time in other vocations.
The special deputies are required to volunteer atleast 10 hours a month working as deputies to fulfill their obligation to the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, which, in turn, maintains their commissions.
In 2016, there are about 15 active special deputies serving under the direction of Sheriff Paden. These individuals contributed to the quality of life in Guernsey County by infusing their time, talent, experience and enthusiasm in complimenting departmental operations.
The unit strives to serve the Sheriff and community by assisting patrol operations, corrections operations, civil and court services, sexual offender registration and notification, transport services and community-charity events.
BUCKEYE STATE SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION COMMUNICATIONS VEHICLE
In the BSSA vehicles there are 2 ACU 1000’s radio patching devices. They can patch together different radio types. There are 4 VHF, 3 UHF, 3 800 MHz radios, and 1 800 MHz Repeater to allow better state radio system coverage in poor coverage areas.
There are 4 more radios mounted in consoles on the driver side of the cabin that are not connected to the ACU-1000 patching devices and are used for monitoring purposes. These 4 radios consist of 2 VHF, 1UHF and 1 800 MHZ radio.
The radios can be programmed to contain all of the UHF and VHF low band public safety frequencies used in Ohio. The 800 MHz and VHF highband radios are currently programmed in a regional manner to reflect the response area of the vehicle. Each vehicle also comes with a cache of 12, 800 MHz Hand-Held radios. The cab of the vehicle has 1 800 MHz radio (for a total of 17) and 1 radio that is compatible with the predominant radio system of the county in which the vehicle is housed.
Additional equipment includes:
1 Video camera on a rotating telescopic mast
3 Video monitors
1 DVD / VCR
3 Cell phone circuits
1 Weather station
3 Laptop computers
2 Six unit charging stations for the vehicles 800 MHz hand-held radios
The vehicle also has a self-contained generator to power the equipment when there is no shore power available.