Wakulla County Public Service Officers Help Patrol the Streets

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Wakulla County now has six extra law enforcement officials in the area. They're known as Public Service Officers or PSO's who volunteer their time to help patrol their streets.

We rode along with Officer Raymond Hubbird Tuesday to get an inside look. The PSO's are like a sheriff deputy's except they don't carry a weapon and have no arrest powers.

Hubbird says, "We feel like we're giving something back that they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. It's more patrols and more cars on the roads."

He goes on to say, "We assist the deputies with traffic stops, automobile accidents, or whatever comes along."

Before each of them them hit the streets, they went through 200 hours of classroom and field training.

Officer Hubbard says he works as a PSO about 40 hours -that's about $3,000 the sheriff office is saving per week that they'd have to pay for a sheriff deputy.

Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey says the PSO's are needed in the county because they're short-staffed and can't afford to hire more deputies. He says these volunteer PSO's help save taxpayers about $90,000 a year.

"We feel that this is going to be an answer to a problem in a good way that will help the taxpayers" says Harvey.

Local resident Roger Horton says, "We need all the help we can get and to keep the taxes down in this economy. It's a smart thing to do."

Wakulla County is the only county in the big bend area with PSO's. There will be an orientation meeting this Thursday at 2pm at the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office to initiate and recruit more PSO's.


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  • by Say what you will Location: Wakulla on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:12 AM
    I just want to say that I appreciate the WCSO for all they do. There are many WCSO employees who help our community out. Everyone from dispatchers to the deputies on the road keep our county safe. Everyone who is trash talking may indeed one day need the assistance of the WCSO and you won't think twice when you call 911 for help. Keep that in mind. Thank you to the WCSO in all you do for our community.
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      by Tired of It on Mar 24, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Say what you will
      Thank You, and thank all of the wonderful citizens of Wakulla County for supporting the WCSO. Each and every person working with WCSO is committed and dedicated to serve the people of this great county. Even when some people curse and slander there good name; WSCO never fails to come and un-selfishly stand in harms way so serve them. They place there life in danger each day to protect every one of you. When you are in trouble or need help, WCSO is standing beside you lending a hand even when you just finished discrediting there good name. WCSO is a fantastic agency and our Sheriff is a good man, both will continue serving this great county for many years to come.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM in reply to Tired of It
        oh yeah, well quite frankly we're tired of you idiots too.
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          by Tird of It on Mar 27, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to
          Anonymous ---> Than leave, trouble makers are not wanted. We were born hear, so WE are not going anywhere.
  • by Truth Be Told on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Ok, follow the math: the average deputy would take home about $463/week. At that rate you'd have to have 6 PSO's working every day, 40 hours a week to save $3000/week. It appears the Sheriff's budget fairy is doing a little "special accounting" for this one. The costs associated with the vehicle would be the same. The uniform and equipment cost would be virtually indistinguishable over a year. So I'll take an educated guess and say that we've added in the cost of the handgun and the vest, because the PSO's don't have either.(which is stupid because they need the vest more than anyone)And last but certainly not least, we have the insurance and pension co-pays that the Sheriff's Office contributes. C'mon Sheriff, the days of this county being filled with unarticulate bumpkins who won't question your drivel are long gone. Who do ya think you're fooling here? By the way, your office could save a bunch of money on your car insurance by switching to Geico too, seeing as how your driving record is still spotless and all. Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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      by Lip Cheese on Mar 23, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to Truth Be Told
      Very nice synopsis, thank you.
  • by Wakulla Citizen on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    To Sarah: Thanks for clarifying that for us!!
  • by D Location: C'Ville on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    In a world were everyone wants something for nothing, I admire those that are willing to serve. Especially in the volunteer capacity. I appreciate what you guys and gals do. It's a good thing WCSO was creative in their alternatives in tough budget times.
  • by Trim the brass on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    Wakulla county would have money to hire deputies if davie boy trimmed some of the top brass. But that would mean letting some of his good ol' boys go.
  • by Wakulla Citizen on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Someone help me out here....I didn't read anywhere in the story that said the PSO's would be driving a county car or wearing an Officer's uniform...these caring people are volunteering their time and probably using their own cars to do this for the County....They DO NOT make traffic stops, they ASSIST in traffic stops and probably do not even have contact with the person the uniformed Officer has stopped and the article said they HELP with traffic accidents....People READ the whole story before you start with your comments....and to LIP CHEESE, KD hit the B instead of the N....if you were not such a moron you could have figured it out, but you are TO quick with your sometimes dumb responses.
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      by Sarah on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM in reply to Wakulla Citizen
      I live in Wakulla, and to clarify, I have seen the PSO cars. Or at least one of them anyway. They look like a patrol car, but it clearly states on the car itself public service officer. And the lights have a difference in color.
  • by Huge Risks Location: Tally on Mar 23, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Sounds good until something horrible happens to PSO like being murdered or injured by a thug. What death benefits will their family receive? Don't their life count for something. Come on people, find some money somewhere to fund law enforcement for everybody's sake! Too bad something tragic will have to happen before you abolish this program. Yea, right, Goober and Otis cops. Who's bright idea was this to balance Wakulla's budget? Andy and Barney? Get real.
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      by Tired of It on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Huge Risks
      Huge Risk; Do you truly know what the PSO program consists of? Have you even investigated what you are writing about before you write stupidity on paper? The PSO officers are not allowed to conduct law enforcement activity, nor are they allowed to act in a law enforcement capacity. As far as their life counting for something, the answer is yes there life counts for a lot. I feel there life counts for more than some critic that wants to sit around whining about things rather than help make a difference. As far as someone being murdered; that is a chance we all take each day. Some people are not cowards hiding behind a computer screen, they actually want to get out and serve their county. When will you people just grow up and let others do what they can to help and if you do not have something encouraging to say just keep your ignorance too yourselves.
  • by Tired of It Location: Wakulla on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    Lip Cheese, anon, and Who cares; It is people like you who are so very ignorant to the truth. These people serving our community as a PSO officer are assisting each person who lives, works, and commutes through this great county. You are a pathetic excuse for a human and I sure hope that not one of you is a residence of Wakulla. The three of you most likely were turned down for a PSO position and are just anger. Grow up and leave WCSO alone and leave our Sheriff alone. You disgust the citizens of Wakulla.
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      by Lip Cheese on Mar 23, 2011 at 03:43 PM in reply to Tired of It
      I will bet you are a good Christian too. From your words of wisdom, I will bet you have ties to the "network" as well. Do you remember Duggar's Gulf Oil in Wakulla. I do...maybe I have been here longer than you.
  • by Tired of It Location: Wakulla on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    Lip Cheese, anon, and Who cares; It is people like you who are so very ignorant to the truth. These people serving our community as a PSO officer are assisting each person who lives, works, and communist through this great county. You are a pathetic excuse for a human and I sure hope that not one of you is a residence of Wakulla. The three of you most likely were turned down for a PSO position and are just anger. Grow up and leave WCSO alone and leave our Sheriff alone. You disgust the citizens of Wakulla.
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      by Tired of It on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:54 AM in reply to Tired of It
      CORRECTION..... These people serving our community as a PSO officer are assisting each person who lives, works, and commutes through this great county.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:46 PM in reply to Tired of It
      First one:: communist through this great county. Second one:: I sure hope that not one of you is a residence of Wakulla. Third one:: turned down for a PSO position and are just anger. What a meathead. If you are the voice of Wakulla County, the county needs it's tongue cut out because your grasp of the English language makes me think someone should have aborted.
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        by Lip Cheese on Mar 23, 2011 at 03:47 PM in reply to
        Very well said Anonymous!!!
  • by Shell3375 on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    LOL, so now Bubba gets to play Barney Five -- Well minus the bullet!!
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