The Union County Reserve Deputy Patrol program is a great way for someone who thinks they may be interested in a career in law enforcement to experience it first hand. Or, if you already have a career but have always been fascinated with law enforcement you can enjoy the experience while still maintaining your “real” job. And best of all, you don’t have to have any law enforcement experience to get into the program.
New reserves attend a Reserve Academy where they learn the basics of police work. Once they complete the academy they are classified as Class V reserves and can ride along with full time deputies on actual patrol. As they progress through the program they can attain the rank of Class I Reserve and be allowed to patrol on their own.
What kind of time commitment is involved? The Reserve Academy last for several weeks and involves one to two evenings a week. Once that is completed, reserves must attend monthly meetings and spend 30 hours every 3 months riding patrol with a full time deputy and a total of 200 a year including meetings, training and patrol time. To move up from a Class V reserve requires additional training hours and ride along hours as you move up.
What do you get out of the program? Like many things you get out of it what you put into it. But you will also get the satisfaction of giving back to the community and helping others.
How about equipment? The Sheriff’s Office will provide uniform shirts and pants. The reserve association will provide coats, radios and other equipment. The reserve is responsible for purchasing (or obtaining) their own duty belt, duty gear and handgun.
To get into the program you must be 21 or older, of good moral and ethical character and pass a written test, physical agility test, oral interview, physical exam & drug screening. The final phase is a complete background/criminal history check and a Sheriff’s interview. There are a limited number of openings in the program and new reserves are only brought on when there are openings.