About Reserve Deputies

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program

The Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program is a volunteer organization of individuals who provide the Department with additional law enforcement resources to better serve the citizens of Riverside County.

A Reserve Deputy Sheriff has peace officer powers while on duty, in accordance with the laws of the State of California.

Hiring Standards

Since reserve deputies have the same powers of arrest as regular full-time deputies, they are required by law to meet the same hiring standards as full-time deputies. Use the Reserve Deputy Program links to the right  to find out more about deputy levels and qualifications.

The Reserve Program provides the opportunity for personal growth and education. Reserve Deputy Sheriff assignments may include field operations, correctional operations, various special programs, events and other assignments at the direction of the Sheriff.

POST Training Requirements

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) regulations require successful completion of a POST-certified Basic Course for every newly-appointed peace officer of agencies participating in the program, including reserve deputies. This training course is commonly referred to as an Academy.

Service Requirements

Reserve duty time is served on a flexible schedule to meet individual needs.

  • All service in the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Reserve Program is voluntary and without compensation.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are required to work a minimum of 24 shifts per year (2 shifts per month) on an annual basis.
  • Upon appointment, additional required training is provided at no cost.
  • The Riverside County Sheriff's Department provides a complete uniform and leather gear for reserve deputies assigned to uniform services, except for shoes and specialized equipment.

Once accepted and assigned to a station, reserve deputies must also complete the Department's Field Training Program provided by the station.