The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office offers a reserve deputy sheriff program for those who wish to volunteer their time to the Sheriff’s Office and local community. This program benefits both the Sheriff’s Office and each individual reserve deputy. Reserve deputies are volunteer, non-paid employees who receive valuable law enforcement experience. Reserve deputies can expect to work in patrol, be assigned to special events, and assist with other law enforcement related activities.
Reserve deputies assigned to patrol assist full time deputies in the field. Level II reserves work as a uniformed ride a long and serve as another set of eyes/ears and as a second set of hands which enhances upon officer street safety. At the same time reserve deputies gain valuable on the job training that can only be attained through personal “street” experience. Reserve deputies have the option of entering the Field Training Program (FTO) which consists of an 880 hour training commitment. Upon successful completion of the training program Level II deputies then become a departmentally designated Level I reserve. Level I reserves work as a “solo” beat deputy and function much like a full time deputy sheriff.
Many new reserve deputies want to be full time officers and find the reserve program as a way to “get their foot into the door” and actually see if a career in law enforcement is right for them. At the same time the program offers the sheriff’s department a pool or “farm team” of potential full time deputy sheriffs from which to hire from in the future.
If you are interested in the reserve deputy sheriff program you need to have successfully completed either the P.O.S.T. certified Regular Basic Course-Modular Format, or the Basic Police Academy. Additionally, those individuals who have successfully completed only P.O.S.T. modules III and II can apply as a Level II reserve deputy sheriff. Reserve deputies hired by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office must serve an average monthly minimum of 16 hours.
If you have completed the basic P.O.S.T. requirements visit the El Dorado County Human Resources website at, http://agency.governmentjobs.com/edcgov/default.cfm
and watch for future open recruitment for Reserve Deputy Sheriff. You can apply on-line. Once your application has been accepted you will be invited for an interview. The testing and hiring process is the same for reserve deputy as it is for full time deputy sheriffs. All reserve deputy sheriffs must successfully complete a background investigation, medical examination and psychological exam as part of the hiring process, prior to receiving a job offer.
For detailed information related to California Reserve Officer P.O.S.T. Requirements please visit, http://www.post.ca.gov/
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