The Carroll County Reserve Unit was established by County Ordinance in August 1982 under Sheriff Don Roth, with Deputy Steven Kohne being the reserve coordinator. The sheriff's merit board at the time wasw Cullan Eikenberry, Frank Fitch, Vaughn Snider, and Dennis Zook.
The original twelve members were Gary Boyles, Mike Young, Jack Mills, Joe Remaly, Marion Rossetter, Judy (Thelen) Smith, Cindy Barnaby, Phil Jones, JIm Dillman, Larry Price, Lee Thompson, and Thomas Fetterhoff. Picture below:
The organization was estabished to provide additional manpower to the Sheriff's Office. Over the years the organization has provided countless man-hours of services to the department and the citizens of Carroll County for very little cost.
When orginally organized the group recieved an annual stipend (clothing allowance) of $300 per year, per deputy, totaling $4500. Over the years the group has struggled to be at full staff, during the term of Sheriff Lee W Hoard, he entered an agreement with the commissioners and council to staff only 10 deputies and increase the annual stipend to $450 per deputy per year. Today each deputy receives an annual clothing allowance of $475
The group was intended to be "self sufficient" by providing security services and traffic assistance by charging organizations an hourly fee for the services of the group. The group has provided security and traffic assistance annually to the county schools varsity football and basketball games.
In 2001 with the help of Representative Rich McClain, through the Build Indiana Fund, the group was granted funds to purchase their first "new" car. It was a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria painted the traditional two tone brown and was the first squad car in Carroll County to be outfitted with the new "LED" emergency light technology.
The group has assisted with all kinds of law enforecement activities, from transporting prisioners and courthouse security. Reserve deputies assist with handling hte day to day task that need to be performed by the sheriff's deputies while allowing full time deputies to spend more time on criminal matters. However, reserve deputies are held to the same standards and are now required to meet the continuing education requirements as the full time deputies.
In the spring of 2012 with assistance from the Carroll County Ag Association and local donors, the reserve unit obtained a 2008 Dodge Charger equipped for law enforcement use by the unit. While the unit has not been able to become "self supporting' they do work to obtain equipment and provide maintenance to their equipment with assistance from the Sheriff through his budget.
The reserve unit has given serveral people the opportunity to experience law enforcement work first hand over the years and many reserves have moved on to law enforcement careers, not only in Carroll county, but other agencies across the state. These individuals include former Sheriff Tony Burns and Current Sheiff Tobe Leazenby.
Donations to assist the group may be made to "Carroll County Sheriff's Reserve Fund" through the Auditor's Office.
Applications may be downloaded here and turned in at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office