The Reserve Deputy program began in 1963. The three officers in the program at that time learned how to be peace officers with on the job training. From that date until 1980, the Reserves continued to receive informal training. In 1980, a new breed of 20 dedicated officers was required to attend a law enforcement training academy, the Reserve Academy. After receiving a total of 440 hours of academic and practical skills instruction, the cadets earned their full certification as Arizona peace officers.
Reserve officers receive no pay for their efforts. These Sheriff’s Office corps of volunteer peace officers mirror the motivation and dedication of regular, paid Deputies.Reserve Deputy Law Enforcement Training Academy
Once the cadets graduate from the academy, they are fully certified peace officers. In order to be accepted into the Sheriff’s Office Reserve program, they must complete and pass a competitive written exam and physical fitness test. The new officers must also complete the Sheriff’s Office Field Training Program before they are able to conduct solo patrols in Yuma County. After six hundred (600) hours of Field Training, officers become an integral part of the Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau.Reserve Deputy Activities
This pool of well-trained officers permits the Sheriff’s Office to provide seamless law enforcement services to residents of Yuma County.
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Regarding the Reserve Deputy Program, please contact:
Sgt. Richard Meraz
Tel: (928) 819-2212
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM