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Busby sworn in as South Congaree reserve police officer

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – Officer Lenny Busby was sworn in as a reserve police officer with the town of South Congaree. This was done at the town council meeting on Tuesday night.

Reserve police officers go through a rigorous training course that equals that of career police officers. They learn to shoot, drive, deal with the public, and the intricacies of applying the laws of our state and communities on the street. The reserve members of the force just don’t get paid for their time and the services they donate.

Busby is a native of the Lexington County, and is a graduate of Airport High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Sheila, who works as a battalion fire chief with the county’s fire service. Lenny works for the SC Fire Academy as the chief of training. He went to work at the academy after being a volunteer firefighter, and later a career firefighter and apparatus operator for the Lexington County’s Fire Service.

South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert said that he was lucky to get someone with Busby’s maturity and experience in his department. “He’s definitely going to be an asset and a good officer,” Shumpert said.

South Congaree’s department works several other reserve officers. Reserve Captain Mark Fernell has worked with the department in South Congaree for many years. He helps to oversee and supervise other officers within the department, and works the streets regularly patrolling and answering calls for service.

Many of the county’s small police departments rely heavily on reserve officers to bolster their ranks. Pelion PD has used them for years, as do many others. Often, these officer work at other law enforcement agencies full-time, and then as reserve officers when they’re off. The sheriff’s department also uses the reserves to help them in many ways. They work countless hours by themselves, or alongside other officers, to make sure that the county, and towns have adequate law enforcement protection.

If you are interested in becoming a reserve police officer, call the town police department closest to your home. The South Congaree Police Department can be reached by calling (803) 755-2760. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department often does the training courses required to be a reserve officer anywhere in the county. They can be reached at (803) 785-8230.

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