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Reserve deputy sheriffs are volunteers for the Sheriff's Department who have full peace officer powers while on duty and are required by law to meet the same hiring standards as full-time deputies and who perform a variety of law enforcement functions depending on his/her assignment and level of training.


A reserve deputy sheriff performs the same duties as full-time sworn deputy sheriffs:

  • Field operations
  • Correctional operations
  • Enforce state laws and local ordinances and provide traffic enforcement
  • Investigate criminal acts and arrest criminal offenders
  • Special programs and events
  • Prepare police reports and ensure the safe storage of held property and/or evidence
  • Testify in court
  • Work on special enforcement details
  • Transport prisoners
  • Build relationships among local communities

What You Get

A sworn reserve deputy sheriff is a part-time commitment allowing deputies to serve the public on a flexible schedule to safeguard lives and property in our communities.

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Still not Sure?

You can take an Introduction to Law Enforcement and Physical Conditioning for Basic Academy Students course through Moreno Valley College. The class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Sheriff's Ben Clark Training Center for one semester. It's a great way to experience academy physical training and to meet training staff.

Minimum Requirements
Reserve Deputy Sheriff
At least 21 years of age at the time of application
U.S. citizen
Valid California Driver License
U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D., or equivalent
Oral & written communication skills


  1. DUI violations within the last 3 years
  2. Currently on probation
  3. Felony convictions
  4. Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence
  5. Lying or withholding any information