Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's office hired a film company to shoot a video to show what's it like to be a Richmond County deputy.
"I sat on my porch and had guns pointed at me as the swat team came through. I played a crackhead," said actress Shantelle Wheeler. "It felt very realistic because every time we had a shoot. We were so focused. It took me out of acting and I was like, let me be still so they don't shoot me."
Wheeler is an actress and jumped at the chance to be a part of a new video for the Sheriff's Office. Lt. Lewis Blanchard recently told the Commission his office is losing dozens of deputies.
We're told all of this will be used as a recruiting tool to show life inside the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
"One of the things that we are trying to show with this production is the whole scope of what the Richmond County Sheriff's Office has," owner of Reflecting Pool Production Mark Crump said.
Crump said his crew of 20 or more is shooting scenes around the city deputies face daily. We've learned they're using on and off duty deputies for the different scenes. We're told it could take up to five days to shoot and months before they have the final project.
Once the video is complete, it will be used on the Sheriff's Office website. The Sheriff's Office said the project is being funded by seized drug money.
The Sheriff is requesting more than a $1 million in extra funding for his budget.
We're told even though all the acting in the video is fake, the need for more deputies is real.