Frequently Asked Questions
1) So let me understand what a Reserve Deputy can do. You mean after I succesfully complete the required training & background check , I can perform the same duties of a full time Deputy Sheriff?
Answer: YES. If you have completed the full police academy training and field training program, Reserve Deputies class II & III would be eligible to patrol in uniform in a marked patrol car either solo or along with another Reserve / Full Time Deputy Sheriff. Reserve Deputy I class must always work under the supervision of a Full Time Deputy or Reserve Deputy II or III.
2) Is answering the Reserve Questionnaire my first step to becoming involved in the Reserve Deputy Program?
3) What is the minimum time commitment after training?
Answer: There is a monthly meeting and a minimum volunteered time of 12 hours per month
4) After my initial field training is complete am I able to volunteer in different areas of the Sheriff’s Office?
Answer: Yes, you may volunteer in several areas including Uniform Patrol, Air Unit, Marine Unit, etc.
5) Do you provide all equipment necessary for me to work as a Reserve Deputy?
Answer: Yes, all uniforms & equipment are provided including firearm, taser, body armor, etc.
6) Is this based on volunteering with no financial compensation for my time?
Answer: Yes, however Reserve Deputy IIIs are eligible to work special details for pay on occasion.
7) How long is training and on what schedule is it offered?
Answer: Reserve Deputy training will be offered on evenings and some weekends. Once a class of candidates has been selected after the application process is completed, the members of that particular class will be polled to give that group some options for which nights of the week, how many times per week, and exact hours of training that will occur. In short, attempts will be made to customize the training schedule to each class of candidates as much as feasible.
8) What if I am already a Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officer?
Answer: Fully CJSTC certified officers whose FL certification has not lapsed are eligible to apply to come into the program as a Reserve II and begin the field training program.
9) What if I am a retired or career change (from law enforcement to civilian job) law enforcement officer and would like to become a Reserve Deputy to maintain my certification, however I do not have an interest in working in Uniform Patrol very much, but would like to work in other divisions, is that an option?
Answer: Fully CJSTC certified officers, especially those with extensive experience or specialized training may be permitted to volunteer the majority of their time in divisions of ACSO other than Uniform Patrol division. You are encouraged to contact the Reserve Division Commander to discuss your background and options.
10) Am I required to live in Alachua County to be a Reserve Deputy?
11) What if I am no longer physically able, do not have the time to do the training, or do not want to work in the capacity of a Resere Deputy, but would still like to help out the Reserve Division, is there anything I could do?
Answer: Yes. The Sheriff’s Reserve Association, Inc., is a charity created to help fund the Reserve Division, they could always use help with its fund raising efforts.