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Reserve Deputy Program

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What is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

A Reserve deputy is a volunteer who puts in a minimum of 120 hours per year. The Reserves have to keep up with training and may supplment the patrol or investigations bureaus. Reserves must continually qualify in the use of firearms, and train in the areas of less lethal remedies, CPR, and first aid. Each Reserve is on standby for emergencies. These duties are in addition to their regular jobs and sometimes at a sacrifice to their families.

How do I become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

To qualify to be a Reserve deputy, each candidate must pass a written test, an oral interview, a background investigation, a physical examination, and a psychological evaluation. They must attend a P.O.S.T. certified academy and successfully complete field evaluation. Reserves pay for their own uniforms and some equipment.

Why do people want to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

Reserve deputies help to protect the community as well as save the taxpayers money by donating their time.  There are a vast range of people who choose to become reserves, from businessmen and women to those who plan a career in law enforcement. 

Today, the Amador County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputies stand as a highly trained, dedicated group.  The rewards for these special people are the experiences of helping and protecting their county and their fellow citizens. 

If you are interested in becoming a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, you may contact the Administrative Sergeant at (209) 223-6500 or email at