According to Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker, the Sheriff’s Patrol is the only one of its kind in the State of Ohio. There are similar programs, but none boast of full-fledged deputies that have gone through the same training and carry the same powers as the full-time deputies. Last year, the Patrol logged 8,400 hours of volunteer time in support of the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. Whittaker pointed out the Patrol is self-funded and zero taxpayer dollars go to support the unit. He said, “We couldn’t operate without the Sheriff Patrol volunteers.” The Patrol is able to provide security and coverage for local events that would be impossible for the 16 full-time deputies.
State Representative Buchy acknowledged the importance of the Sheriff’s Patrol and said, “The security these men and women provide for us makes Darke County the best place to live, work and rear a family. I can’t thank you enough for what you do for the citizens of the county.” Commissioner Mike Rhoades agreed, “If it wouldn’t be for the auxiliary and what they do, we would be in a world of trouble.”
Over 50 vendors were on-hand for this year’s event giving visitors an opportunity see some great recreational ideas or start a new home improvement project. Assisting the Patrol with the event were Gaylen Blosser and Jerry Bunch.
|Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker addresses visitors to the Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sport Show during the opening ceremony.|