Reserve deputies are required to work a minimum of 2 8-hour patrol shifts per month and attend monthly unit meetings and training.

Applicants must pass a written, oral and physical exam and background check.  Certain academy courses are required from the 66-hour PC 832 class to a full POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy, depending on what the reserve deputy will be assigned to.  You should meet the following criteria:
  • 21 years or older at time of academy graduation
  • U.S. citizenship or legal resident who has applied for citizenship
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Valid California driver's license at time of appointment
  • Pass written examination and qualifications appraisal interview
  • Good physical condition; weight/height in proper proportion
  • Complete medical examination required.
  • Vision 20/100 or better, correctable to 20/30 or better each eye.
  • Hearing must be unimpaired.
  • Good moral character. No felony conviction.
  • Physically and emotionally able to perform LE duties
  • Pass physical capability and psychological tests.
  • Complete full basic academy before final acceptance.
  • Military personnel must be assigned to area for at least 2 years.

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Reserve Line at (858) 229-1197 or e-mail

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