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Sheriff’s Office receives donation for protective equipment

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The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office was presented with a large replica of a check for $10,000 from Church on the Move during a check presentation ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Sheriff’s Office. Pictured, from left, are Undersheriff Charles Yslas; Pastor Troy Smothermon of Church on the Move; Richard Marquez, head elder at Church on the Move; and Sheriff Mike Herrington. The money will be used for protective equipment for the Sheriff’s Office’s new Crisis Response and Apprehension Team. (Alex Ross Photo)

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office received a big donation from a church in Roswell, money that will be used for protective equipment.

With several uniformed deputies standing behind them, Sheriff Mike Herrington and Undersheriff Charles Yslas were presented with the check by Pastor Troy Smothermon of Church on the Move during a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office.

Herrington said the $10,000, which came from donations the church receives, will go toward protective equipment for the Sheriff’s Office’s new planned Crisis Response and Apprehension Team, or the equivalent of a SWAT team.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office must rely on the Roswell Police Department’s SWAT team when responding to hostage situations or standoffs with deputies out in the county.

Herrington said while his office has a good relationship with the RPD, having their own team will allow deputies to respond and defuse situations more rapidly.

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“There will be less delay,” Herrington said.

Following the presentation, he said, he was ecstatic about the contribution and said it shows the community supports law enforcement.

He compared it to other communities across the country, where some local and state governments are moving to reduce funding for departments.

Church on the Move has made several donations in Roswell this year. In March, the church gave $10,000 to the Roswell Police Department for its revamped K-9 Unit.

The church also gave $10,000 in June to the Roswell Fire Department for an inflatable children’s safety house, for educating children about fire safety.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.