Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are part-time, volunteer Deputy Sheriffs. They enjoy the challenge and excitement offered by law enforcement, as well as the satisfaction of providing worthwhile community service. They serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff and are not covered by the career service system.

Some people serve as Reserve Deputies as an avocation. Others are interested in law enforcement as a career and want to "test the waters." We encourage either motivation. Reserve Deputies augment the regular operations of the Sheriff's Office by working in uniform in the Enforcement Bureau. Reserve Deputies have police powers when on-duty but have no police powers and may not carry a concealed weapon (without a license) when off duty.

Reserve Deputies are issued the necessary uniforms and equipment to complete the job.

General Requirements

  • No felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • U.S. citizenship
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Good moral character
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Physically and psychologically suitable

Application Process

Persons interested in the voluntary position of Reserve Deputy should obtain an application for the Sheriff’s Personnel office located at 600 301 Blvd. West, Suite 202, Bradenton, Fl. 34205 or call 941.747.3011 Extension 2142 if they have any questions.