- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Caddo Parish auxiliary sheriff’s deputy who has donated more than 10,000 hours of service will be honored by Sheriff Steve Prator.

Richard Gates will receive the Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Appreciation during the department’s Leadership Team meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Gates joined the Auxiliary Unit in May 2008. Since then, the sheriff’s office says he has worked more than 245 events. By donating his service, Prator says Gates has saved the sheriff’s office an estimated $250,000 in personnel costs.

Auxiliary deputies are volunteers who supplement full-time deputies by serving in a non-enforcement capacity. They are required to complete 72 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours on patrol with a full-time deputy to participate.

During the ceremony, Prator also will recognize several employees for their years of service.

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