Getting Started

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program - Getting Started

Moreno Valley College, in partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, provides a unique opportunity for working adults who wish to become reserve deputies. A "modular" course allows you to take the three levels of academy training during evening and weekend classes.

The Commitment

The academy is difficult and challenging and our standards are high throughout the program. If you are unsure about something, or have any questions or concerns, contact our staff for guidance. Before pursuing a reserve deputy assignment, you should be prepared to commit.


The required training is the same training that sworn deputy sheriffs complete.


Although some equipment is provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, most expenses are the responsibility of the reserve deputy. Please review the academy costs document for details. Registration fees are due on the first day of class.


Once assigned, reserve deputies are required to serve two shifts per month.


Physical fitness is essential for reserve deputies and you will be required to complete a 3-4 mile run, push-ups and sit-ups during your training.

The beginning level for reserve deputy training is Module III Academy (PDF). Click the link to see complete details, requirements and class schedules.

College EnrollmentMoreno Valley College

You will receive college units via Moreno Valley College (MVC) when you successfully complete your academy training.

You must pre-enroll with MVC at the community college Webadvisor website if you are not already a current student. Please print out the “Enrollment Confirmation Page” and bring a copy on the first day of class.

The Application

Complete the application process with the college for the semester the course will begin.