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Reserve Deputy

"America has a long tradition of citizens volunteering to serve their community. The Clark County Sheriff Reserves continue that tradition of volunteer service by volunteering thousands of hours of law enforcement services annually to our citizens. I could not be more proud of these dedicated men and women."
-Sheriff Chuck Atkins

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1. What are the duties of a Reserve Deputy?

Reserve Deputies are commissioned and sworn with full law enforcement powers equal to those of a full time deputy or police officer. The primary duties include: Routine patrol, answering "911" calls for service, crime scene protection, community service and events, and disaster response. Additional opportunities depending upon interest include traffic enforcement, marine patrol, search and rescue, etc.

2. What are the qualifications to be a Reserve Deputy?

Some of the qualifications are: US Citizen, at least 21 years old (at time of academy completion in late June), valid driver's license, no felony convictions, no Domestic Violence convictions, no recent drug use, and a high school diploma (or equivalent). Reserve Deputies must live within 60 minutes response time to Clark County.

3. What are the age and physical requirements?

Must be at least 21 years old (at time of academy completion in late June; you may begin testing at age 20). You must also be able to pass a physical agility test. Current Reserve Deputies are men and women, ranging in age from their 20's to 60's. For more information on the physical agility test, refer to

4. Why do people join the Sheriff's Reserves?

For two primary reasons. First, because they are interested in a law enforcement career, and this serves as an opportunity to explore the career. Second, because they are otherwise employed and wish to volunteer with the community in an exciting and meaningful way.

5. What are the time commitments of a Reserve Deputy?

During the first year of probation, the hourly minimums are 24 hours per month. Afterwards, Reserve Deputies must volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per month. Eight hours are spent on routine patrol, answering calls, for service, etc. The remaining four hours are dedicated to monthly training and community service.

6. What equipment must I buy?

Nothing. The Sheriff's Office issues all needed equipment. This includes uniforms, boots, jacket, badge, duty belt, handcuffs, radio, Taser, OC spray, baton, and a handgun. Some Reserves elect to carry their own handgun.

7. How do I become a Reserve Deputy?

The first step is to take a written test. These are typically offered about three times per year. Having passed that test, candidates must then take the following tests: physical agility, psychological, medical exam, electronic truth verification, oral board interview, and a background investigation. Having successfully completed all of those, the candidate becomes a recruit and is sent through a local, state certified Reserve Academy. There is a $25 fee for the written test; there are no fees for any of the remaining tests.

8. How do I begin?

If you advise us of your name and address, we will place your name on our mailing list. About one month prior to the next test we will mail you a packet of information, including invitations to our Informational/Orientation Meeting and the test.

NOW RECRUITING for the January 2016 Reserve Academy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM
. This meeting will take place at the Clark County Sheriff's Office West Precinct (Public Safety Complex), located at 505 NW 179th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Please RSVP to Study guides for Written Test are optional, and will be available for $10.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM. The testing will be held at the Clark County Sheriff's Office West Precinct (Public Safety Complex), located at 505 NW 179th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Please RSVP to Testing fee is $25.

Saturday, October 31, 2015. By invitation only.
No cost for this or any remaining testing after this point.

Thank you for your interest in this very special volunteer oportunity with the Clark County Sheriff's Office. If you have any questions, or to place your name on the mailing list, contact

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Clark County Sheriff's Office:
Street Address: 707 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 410, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2211
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mails are monitored: Mon-Fri 8-4 p.m.

Responsible Elected Official: Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins

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