What is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?


For those that follow this blog, you know that last year I completed the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. I serve, among many other duties, primarily as a member of the Technical Rescue Team, part of the Search and Rescue Unit. (Technical Rescue – think ropes, rappelling and hoisting folks out of tough spots.)

I’ve had friends ask what is a Reserve? I thought the poster image above summed it up nicely and decided to post it so I can refer to it in the future. Reserves are duly sworn law enforcement personnel who have trained to serve in a Law Enforcement capacity but do so as a volunteer. Usually comprised of people who enjoy their current careers but are looking for additional ways to serve their local communities. It also happens to be a lot of fun.

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  1. says

    Wasn’t Shaquille O’Neal a RSD in AZ? I’m not comparing your dedication to your community service to his, it just popped into my head. Congrats!

  2. says

    You get absolutely no compensation whatsoever?! I’ve always wondered what a Reserve Officer was. Wow…that IS dedication:)

    So do you have all the same “powers” that a sworn officer has? You can make traffic stops and arrests?

  3. says

    In the state of California, there are three levels of reserve police officers, all of which are sworn positions (gun, badge)
    Level III – More of an administrative role, cannot be put in a position where they may have to elicit an arrest
    Level II – Can perform all of the same tasks/duties as a full-time police officer, as long as a full-time accompanies them
    Level I – Full police power, the same level of training as full time police officers.

    It is very rewarding and a great way to give back to the community. For more information on how to join, go to