The gauntlet has been thrown and the flags will fly as the Barnes County Sheriff’s deputies will face off against the Valley City State University Vikings in a flag football game next month.
The Aug. 9 event, organized by Deputy Scott Crump, will be a fundraiser to buy equipment for the deputy reserves.
“I wanted this to be a community thing, not just for the deputies,” Crump said. “It takes a lot to plan; it’s really brand new.”
Crump said law enforcement in Stutsman and Cass Counties have fundraisers with officers facing off against the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. The world famous show team requested more upfront money than the Sheriff’s Office could afford.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Barnes County Commission, the commissioners gave the Sheriff’s department the green light to go ahead with the game, and to handle the funds. The reserves have their own checking account, which is overseen by Sheriff Randy McClaflin and Harold Rotunda, a Fargo accountant who audits the county and other government entities in the area.
“Obviously there’s always a liability with everything you do, but you’ve got to make money somehow,” said Commissioner Cindy Schwehr. “There’s a liability for you walking across the parking lot, of course you wouldn’t have a giant person knocking you down.”
Crump said the department has 12 reserve deputies with room for three more. The reserves are deputized by the Sheriff and often provide security for large events such as the upcoming air show, bull-a-ramas, street dances and Fourth of July celebrations.
McClaflin said one of the main uses for the money will be to cover recertification of equipment.
“If you carry a taser you have to carry the cartridges for the taser and get training, get ammunition, every year they have to qualify with their hand gun, and simple things like flashlights. Even the tasers and guns themselves, the uniforms.
Crump said VCSU representatives want to make the game an annual event, but he and Commissioner Rodger Berntson said it would be best to get the first game under the county’s belt.
“We’ll see how it goes the first time,” Crump said.
Admission is $5 and the game will take place at VCSU’s Shelly Ellig Field at Lokken Stadium.