Reserve Deputy Recruiting / Interest
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is continually seeking quality candidates to join our Reserve Deputy Program. Being a Reserve Deputy Sheriff is among the most rewarding volunteer opportunities available in the law enforcement or public service fields. If you think you might be a good fit, or know of a family member or friend who might be interested, please take a moment to review/share the information below.
If you have additional questions or would like to speak to an active member of the Reserve Program, please e-mail us at [email protected]
The El Paso County Sheriff's Reserve Section was first organized as the Sheriff's Posse in 1953. The Reserve Section is composed of highly trained, community minded volunteers that are trained by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Law Enforcement and Detention Operations.
The Reserves must meet the same criteria for appointment as full-time deputies and must complete the same level of testing and training. Applications are accepted year-round, but applicant processing is coordinated with the full-time hiring processes.
Following appointment, Reserves are scheduled to attend a Basic Reserve Law Enforcement Academy as required by Police Officers Standards and Training (POST). Upon completion of the required training, Reserve Deputies are sworn and placed in the Reserve Certification Program, which is an "on-the-job" field training program that is modified to accommodate personal work schedules.
Law Enforcement Bureau Support: Reserve Deputies with proper training, certification and direction, as required by statute and policy are allowed to augment the Patrol Division by participating in the following duties:
- Working as a solo Patrol Deputy or with a partner
- Conduct traffic enforcement
- Provide traffic and crowd control at special events
- Assist in warrant sweeps
- Assist in high profile interdiction activities
- Are a ready reserve force for any contingency
On average, the Reserve Section consists of 25 to 30 active Reserve Members with five of the senior or more experienced members designated as Reserve Training Officers.
Detention Bureau Support: Reserve Deputies with the proper training, certification and direction, as required by statute and policy are allowed to augment the Detention Bureau by participating in the following duties:
- Working in the Housing Wards at CJC
- Working in Intake Release
- Working in Court Services
- Providing supervision for inmate work crews
- Assist in Shakedowns
All Reserve members are expected to commit at least 192 hours annually towards the operations of the Sheriff's Office, including attendance at a monthly meeting and in-service training session which is generally held the first Wednesday evening of each month. The Sheriff's Office provides handguns and ballistic vests; Reserve members provide their own uniforms to include leather gear. To help defray uniform costs, those Reserve members who meet requirements as set by Sheriff’s Office Policy are eligible for an annual uniform allowance after one year of service.