From Left: Lt. Richard Thompson and Captain Dave Jordan
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Program offers a challenging opportunity to men and women desiring to become a volunteer reserve deputy with the agency. Although Reserve deputies serve without compensation, there is satisfaction in performing valued services in a wide range of activities dedicated to protecting the lives and property of Pinal County citizens. If a Reserve deputy is injured in the line-of-duty, he or she will receive Worker’s Compensation benefits.
The Reserve Deputy Program utilizes volunteers who are willing to undergo the same Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) certification as our compensated Deputy Sheriffs. Special Reserve Academies are available for those who have full-time careers, and can only attend training in the evenings and on week-ends. Since reserve officers perform all of the same duties as a regular full-time deputy sheriff, the entrance requirements are also the same. Reserve deputies wear the same uniform and use the same equipment as full-time deputies, and are provided a uniform allowance.
This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to a regular full-time deputy sheriff, or are retiring career officers who want to continue to serve their community. Reserve deputies receive the same training as full-time officers, and work alongside them in every aspect of agency's operations. Reserve deputies are also eligible for continued professional training, outside training courses, and any other course approved by the agency, at no-cost to that Reserve deputy. Following completion of field training, Reserve deputies must contribute a minimum of 192 volunteer hours per calendar year to remain in the program.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is also seeking qualified officers for lateral entry into our Reserve Program. Lateral Reserve deputies will not have to attend another academy; only complete the agency's Field Training Program. Applicants must have graduated from an AZPOST approved academy, or qualify to take the AZPOST challenge test if certified in another state. Candidates will be required to successfully complete the same processing criteria, which is required for a full-time lateral deputy sheriff applicant.