Dormant for almost a decade, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department Resident Deputy Program is officially back. Keeping the promise of “Community First”, Sheriff Gary Kuntz brought back the program by naming the first Resident Deputy in March 2011.
The renewed program calls on deputies involved to patrol the communities where they live and routinely attend events and visit schools in their assigned areas. Resident Deputies cover other areas during their routine patrol, but focus their efforts in crime prevention by collaborating on community issues with residents, businesses, homeowners’ associations, schools, and other local and state agencies. Resident Deputies’ duties also include overseeing some Neighborhood and Business Watch groups as well as keeping Sheriff Kuntz abreast of town halls and other events the sheriff may want to attend. Resident Deputies display exemplary dedication as peace officers and active community members.
Deputy Paul ‘Wayne’ Newnam was named as the Resident Deputy for the community of Copperopolis.
Sheriff Kuntz expanded the program to other areas of the county now as well in an effort to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.