Like regular deputies, reserve deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. In most cases, reserves are assigned the same duties as regular deputies. Routine tasks such as patrol function, traffic control and security at community events (i.e. festivals, parades, sporting events) and special assignments (i.e. drug details, warrants) are just a few examples of reserve deputy duties.
The Shelby County Reserve Program has allowed many reserve deputies the opportunity to pursue full-time positions in law enforcement in the surrounding communities.
Reserve deputies are required to meet the same hiring, background, medical, and psychological standards as regular deputies. Reserve deputies are required to work a minimum of two shifts a month. The shifts are scheduled in advance and usually worked on weekends (Friday or Saturday). In addition, Shelby County Reserve Deputies are required to attend a regional police academy that meets the minimum standards and training program approved by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC).
General requirements include:
- 21 years old
- Able to pass physical agility test
- Good driving record
- High School or GED graduate
- No felony conviction
- No serious misdemeanor conviction
- United States citizen
You may also download the following Reserve Unit Application Form (PDF) and return it by mail.