Reserve Deputy Program

Purpose


The Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program is comprised of community members, such as yourself, who wish to volunteer as a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. These deputies supplement the full-time deputies in a variety of duties throughout the Sheriff’s Office. They patrol in vehicles, on foot patrols, or on bicycle patrol.
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Responsibilities


Most Reserve Officers work with deputies, but others can qualify to patrol on their own. This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to full-time police officer. Reserve Deputies can enjoy the best of both worlds, maintain their chosen career while helping to police their community.

A commissioned Reserve Deputy performs general law enforcement, which includes:
  • Basic law enforcement functions
  • Collision investigations
  • Conducting preliminary police investigations
  • Issuance of citations
  • Report writing
  • Street patrol
  • Traffic control
Reserve Deputies are also utilized at special events such as parades, street fairs, or security for major events. Other duties include support services to other units within the Department such as the Investigation Division, Marine Unit patrol, or Administrative Unit. Reserve Deputies perform most of the same duties as a full-time deputy. A typical Reserve Officer performs at least 16 hours of service each month. A Reserve Officer can volunteer to work more than the minimum sixteen hours a month, if they choose.

Qualifications


Reserve Deputies are subject to the same testing and background standards as fully commissioned Sheriff’s Deputies. The minimum qualifications for Reserve Deputies is as follows:
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Not have any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm.
  • Be a United States citizen or have applied for U.S. citizenship.
  • Possess a High School diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Possess a Washington driver's license.
  • Successfully pass a physical fitness test.
  • Successfully pass a complete Peace Officer Background Investigation.
  • Successfully pass a polygraph exam, psychological screening, and medical examination.
  • Successfully pass an Oral Interview.