Reserve Deputy Program
The Reserve Program
Washington County Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are sworn law enforcement officers who assist regular deputies in the performance of their duties. This includes answering emergency calls, rendering aid, making arrests, and testifying in court. Reserve Deputy Sheriffs wear the same uniforms and use the same equipment as their full-time counterparts.
Individuals accepted into the Reserve Program will be fully trained for work in our Patrol Division. They will also receive a comprehensive introduction to the Washington County Jail. Reserve Deputies may choose to volunteer their time in the Jail in addition to Patrol.
First-rate training and hands-on experience are combined to prepare Reserve Deputies to meet the same demanding standards as regular full-time deputies.
Washington County Reserve Academy
Interagency Firearms Skills Training (IFAST)
Tactical Communications, Crisis Intervention, and Defensive Tactics
Introduction to the Washington County Jail
Field Training with Regular Sheriff's Deputies
Following the application phase and reserve academy, our reserves are required to work a minimum of 16 hours per month. This time can be volunteered in a variety of ways. The majority of time is spent with a full-time deputy sheriff on patrol or in the jail. However, our reserves also participate in the DUII Victims Panel and are subject to call outs via pager for critical incidents to assist with crime scene security.
Each year, Reserves are requested to provide security at a variety of special events, such as the Tigard Festival of Balloons, Beaverton Good Neighbors Days, Washington County Fair and Rodeo, and USGA Golf Tournaments. Reserve Deputies also perform Bike Patrol enforcement at Bethany Village and other major shopping centers in Washington County.
Join Us in Serving Your Community
Washington County Reserve Deputies are a respected and important part of our organization. Participating in the Washington County Reserve Program is a unique and fulfilling way of giving back to the community as a volunteer. In fact, many community members find the work so rewarding that they later call upon their volunteer experience to help them begin a new career in law enforcement.
Qualifications and Requirements
Attain the age of 21 years of age by graduation from the academy
Ability to attend a 350 plus-hour academy (Academy classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with some all-day Saturday classes. The academy will run from January to June.)
Be a United States Citizen
Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
Possess and maintain a valid driver's license
Successfully pass a physical fitness test
Successfully pass a background investigation
Have no felony convictions
Be able to contribute a minimum of 16 volunteer hours per month, including community service projects, and attend at least 9 monthly meetings per year
Ability to provide some job related equipment
Successfully complete a medical and psychological evaluation
The First Step -- Apply Online or Request an Application
You can apply for the Law Enforcement Reserve Program during the recruitment period. If you fill out the form below, we will remind you when it is time to attend the written POST exam.
The Selection Process
We will first invite you to take reading, writing, and physical fitness tests. Tests are offered once each year in the summer. We invite applicants who pass these tests to return for interviews and to begin a rigorous background investigation process.
The background investigation includes checking your employment and personal references, a credit check, criminal history check, and even talking with your past and current neighbors or other associates. The goal is to get a complete and well-rounded picture of your personal, academic, and professional life.
Candidates who successfully pass initial tests and the background investigation will begin work as a Reserve Deputy.
If you have questions about the Reserve program, please contact Sergeant Steve Thompson at (503) 846-5953.
So what are you waiting for? Apply Now!