Greg Gaffke, second from left, president of the Cole County Sheriff’s Posse Association, presents donation checks to Carol Griffin of Special Olympics Missouri, Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler and Dale Schmidt of the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. Photo by Submission



Three local organizations are benefiting from recent fundraisers by the Cole County Sheriff’s Posse Association.

The association recently presented donations totaling more than $1,100 to representatives of Special Olympics Missouri, the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation and the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.

​​A portion of the proceeds were from the association’s recent gun raffle during the annual sheriff’s barbecue.

The Cole County Sheriff’s Posse is made up of citizen volunteers.

“This program started when a question came up on how we would do our jobs after a major disaster,” Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler said in a news release. “With a small agency, we had to come up with a force multiplier that would supplement our department in a time of need.”

The group, made up of trained citizens who assist the Sheriff’s Office with a multitude of tasks, meets monthly for training and updates.

“They have been trained for conceal and carry, traffic control, personal safety, evidence collections, CPR/First Aid and being a better witness,” Wheeler said. “Many are also trained National Weather Spotters. The posse has assisted with traffic control, parking lot security, security at special events and DWI checkpoints.”