Reserve Deputy Program


Applications for the 2023 Reserve Deputy Academy are now closed  



Applications submitted prior to April 2023 will be considered for the 2024 Reserve Deputy Academy.


You'll find more information about the Reserve Program, our academy, and the qualifications to become a Reserve Deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Office below.



The Reserve Program

The renowned Washington County Reserve Deputy Program is a tremendous volunteer experience for community members of all ages, backgrounds, and careers. Reserve Deputies are sworn law enforcement officers who assist traditional patrol deputies in the performance of their duties. This includes answering emergency calls, rendering aid, making arrests, and testifying in court. Reserve deputies wear the same uniforms, receive the same high-quality training, and use the same equipment as their full-time counterparts.


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The mission of the Reserve Program for the Washington County Sheriff's Office is to support and augment the full-time Deputy role in the areas of the Patrol Division and community services. Reserve Deputies supplement the full-time Deputies in the performance of law enforcement duties as needed during  emergencies or special operations. They are fully trained for work in our Patrol Division and also receive a comprehensive introduction to the Washington County Jail.



Rigorous Training

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

  • Field training with full-time deputies

  • Inter-agency Firearms Skills Training (IFAST)

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course

  • Tactical communications

  • Crisis intervention

  • Defensive tactics


reserve deputyFollowing the application phase and reserve academy, our reserves are required to volunteer a minimum 30 hours every three months. This time can be volunteered in a variety of ways.  The majority of time is spent with a full-time deputy sheriff on patrol. However, our reserves also participate in the DUII Victims Panel, traffic enforcement, and focused patrol assignments. Reserve deputies are also subject to call outs 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 Washington County K-9 Trials, Tigard Festival of Balloons, Washington County Fair, and many others.



Join Us in Serving Your Community

reserve deputyWashington 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 320 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 30 volunteer hours per quarter, including community service projects, and attend required annual training and quarterly meetings

  • 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 NTN exam.



The Selection Process

reserve deputyWe 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 be considered to attend the Reserve Academy.

If you have questions about the Reserve program, please contact Sergeant Kevin Figueroa.


Interested in joining our 2024 Reserve Deputy Academy? Share your contact information and we'll be in touch 

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