Breaking and enterings and other criminal behavior are keeping deputies busy in Pitt County, but they say volunteer deputies are making their jobs a little easier.
The volunteer program "Citizens on Patrol" has been going on for the past ten months at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.
Many of the volunteers work in the detention center or in the office, doing fingerprinting, or checking serial numbers on items brought into pawn shops. With their work in-house, more deputies can be out on the roads patrolling.
Lieutenant Kip Gaskins says the program does more than just curb crime, it's also been a morale boost to their deputies to have "everyday citizens" work with them to cut down on crime.
Sheriff Neil Elks says the sheriff's office lost about $100,000 in part time funds from their budget, so the 19 volunteers have filled that void with providing more than 800 hours in the department.