Reserve Deputies

What is the Reserve Program?

The Reserve Program is a volunteer unit of the Operation Services Division of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office (LCSO).  This program is designed to be in compliance with Colorado Revised Statute 16.2.5-110 which describes the requirements and authorization of Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the State of Colorado.

The Reserve Program is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of our community by providing professional law enforcement services in support of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

Reserve Deputies volunteer thousands of hours each year to the community assisting the Sheriff's Office by:

·        Participating in patrol assignments

·        Providing security and traffic control for special events

·        Emergency call outs

·        Assisting in agency internal training

·        Providing assistance to departments throughout the agency

Membership Requirements

Reserve applicants must meet the same requirements as regular full time deputies. All Reserve candidates must attend and successfully complete the LCSO POST Reserve Academy.

Reserve Deputies must meet POST and department requirements for mandatory training and certifications annually.

Hiring Process

Applications are accepted throughout the year and hiring is done annually in the fall/winter period. The hiring process takes approximately four months. Applicants are required to pass a written test as the first step in the hiring process. If successful, Reserve Deputy candidates participate in an oral selection board, integrity interviews, and background checks, as well as, psychological and polygraph examinations.

Successful candidates attend the POST Reserve Academy sponsored by the Sheriff's Office. The Academy is a 257-hour program that provides classroom instruction, and basic skills training in firearms, driving, and arrest control techniques. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends for approximately three months.

The POST Reserve Academy is not a substitute for a full-time Peace Officer POST Academy. If individuals are interested in pursuing a full-time career in law enforcement, they must graduate from a full-time POST Academy.

What's the Time Commitment?

The time commitment of a LCSO Reserve can have an impact on your life and family. The program requires volunteers to participate in a minimum of 20 hours per month of patrol ride-along (Two 10-hour shifts); a minimum of 3 hours of monthly meetings and training, and completion of various administrative tasks, such as reading email messages and completing monthly timesheets. Reserves are also expected to be available by pager for emergency call-outs and special assignments.

In addition, the Reserves participate in 40 hours of annual re-certification training. This typically occurs in April/May and involves two weekends and the evenings between them.

As required by expiration, all Reserves must keep their CPR and First Aid certifications current.

Like all full-time deputies, all Reserves must pass a periodic firearm qualification. Various times and dates each quarter are available for qualifications. Usually a day is scheduled just for Reserves.

Reserve Assignments

In addition to regular patrol functions, the Reserve Unit provides traffic and security support to the following types of events: wild land fire call-outs, crime scene investigations, CSU football games, Larimer County Fair, Fourth of July events in Red Feather, Estes Park, & Wellington, Santa Cops, and many other community events.

What the Reserve Program Offers You!

In addition to a personal sense of satisfaction & accomplishment, serving as a Reserve Deputy allows you to be a vital part of an organization recognized as one of the finest law enforcement agencies in Colorado. You will have a chance to serve & train alongside full-time, professional peace officers of the highest caliber. The feelings of belonging to a special group & the friendships you make are just great!

The Reserve Unit is eager to welcome new members and has programs designed to quickly help you feel at home. To assist you in getting started, there is a mentoring program that begins while you're in the Reserve Academy. Upon graduation, all Reserves are assigned to squads which partner you with senior Reserves & allow members to get to know one another.

There are four levels of Reserve Deputies within the unit with training available to help you advance as far as you would like. The program is run by Reserves and everyone is encouraged to participate in one of the leadership positions (two Lieutenants and three Sergeants) and on various committees.

FUN is also a part of being a Reserve. The unit puts on an annual family picnic, a holiday party, and an awards banquet. Squads & informal groups get together for such things as a firearms practice/shooting day and BBQ, or a squad ride-along with a patrol shift. Families are encouraged to come along for such assignments as parade duty or Fourth of July fireworks events.

To apply on-line see How do I Volunteer for more information on becoming a Reserve Deputy.

If you would like more information, please contact:
Sergeant Jeff Vanhook 970-498-5359
Reserve Lieutenant Kevin Nay 970-498-5100 or 970-498-5366

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