The Klamath County Sheriff's Reserve objective is to assist the Sheriff's Office in the accomplishment of its mission and maintain a source of trained law enforcement candidates for regular employment and provide citizens a rewarding way to volunteer. Reserve Deputies hold the same authority as a full time police officer and serve under the direct supervision of a Field Training Officer. Reserves supplement the full time staff in every capacity, to include: patrol, corrections, marine and civil departments. Duties vary, but are not limited to responding to 911 emergency calls, traffic enforcement, inmate supervision to crime scene security.
Reserve Deputies must meet the same requirements as a certified police officer. These requirements include, but are not limited to; having a high school diploma or G.E.D., being twenty-one years of age, a U.S. citizen, certain physical standards, valid driver's license and no criminal record.
Applicants are required to pass a difficult and time consuming hiring process. This process includes the application, a written test, oral board interview, final interview, background check and physical. The candidate then attends a training academy that takes place evenings and some Saturdays for several months. After being sworn, the Reserve Deputy is required to volunteer two complete shifts a month with a deputy and attend the monthly meeting and ongoing periodic training.
The reserve academy entails training in basic police skills. These skills include:
- Criminal Law
- Emergency Vehicle Operation
- Police Procedure
- Report Writing
- Much more
It also includes opportunities to learn from experienced officers and receive hands on training in the field. The academy is a good foundation to function as a confident part of the law enforcement community.
The Klamath County Sheriff's Reserve furnishes each reserve deputy with uniform clothing items. All uniforms provided must be returned to the Sheriff's Office upon resignation as a reserve deputy. Personal duty equipment that is required to be furnished by all reserve deputies before being sworn includes a duty weapon, belt and accessories with black duty boots. Many of these items can be quite expensive and must meet certain criteria. It is strongly suggested that nothing be purchased prior to being hired.
Serving the Community
Reserves serve the county by placing themselves in a position to help make a difference. The appointment comes with a great deal of responsibility and rewards, especially for those interested in a law enforcement career. On the whole, reserve deputies put themselves in a position to experience first hand, and be a part of, the effort of the Sheriff Office.
Please return your application and ride along form in a timely manner. After several applications are received, we will schedule a written test for the applicants. Please turn in the application and ride along separately.
Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the Reserves. Thank you for your time and interest in our program.
Lt Randall P. Swan