A new officer has volunteered his services at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.
James Cantrell of Salem completed 130 hours of training at the Auxiliary Part-Time II School in Baxter County March 21. Regulations of the part time position require a working week of less than 20 hours.
Fulton Sheriff Lloyd Martz said Cantrell was required to complete the schooling, submit to a mental evaluation and have a physical evaluation. The mental evaluation consisted of 567 questions.
Martz said Cantrell will benefit his department because it will relieve his officers from transporting inmates. Martz added that Cantrell's duties will be the same as a deputy sheriff but he will have to work under the direction of a commissioned officer.
As an auxiliary officer he will work special events and help patrol the county, especially the river during the summer. Martz said there might be occasions when Cantrell will fill in as dispatcher for employees who are on vacation or absent because of health reasons.
Transporting female inmates will now be less of a strain on the sheriff's office. One of the requirements for transporting females is that another female must accompany the officer during the trip. Cantrell's wife, Jan, who serves as the officer manager and dispatcher, will be able to travel with her spouse transporting inmates.
With the pair traveling together a commissioned officer will not have to leave his duties and the sheriff's office will not be left short-handed.
"I appreciate him helping us out in the duties of a deputy with a part-time commitment that he has. It really helps me," Martz said.
Cantrell has served as a volunteer fireman at the Salem Fire Department for the past three years.