Reserve Deputy Program

Commander - James T. Kocijanski 
(775) 328-3340

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has an active Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program. Reserve deputies work side by side with full-time personnel and perform the same function as line personnel (see below). Reserve Deputies must be able to work within the command structure of a para-military organization.

Each Reserve Deputy Sheriff must work a minimum of two 8-hour shifts per month in addition to attending a monthly training meeting.

Reserve deputies receive no monetary compensation for their participation in the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program.

The Job

The major duties of the reserve deputy job include performing the following under the direction of sworn employees:

  • Observe activities in an assigned area to maintain order, deter crime and/or traffic violations, enforce laws, and take enforcement action as appropriate.
  • Respond to calls for service, evaluate the situation, and implement appropriate action, including arrest, mediation between parties, emergency medical aid, and referral to other agencies.
  • Investigate observed or reported crimes, traffic accidents and offenses, and other incidents to determine the relevant factors of the crime committed.
  • Write reports documenting information gathered and actions taken as a result of calls for service, investigations, field interviews, citations, arrests, service for civil process, use of force, and inmate disturbances.
  • Regulate crowds at public gatherings, special events, and major disasters.
  • Testify at judicial proceedings and administrative hearings to present evidence and information relevant to the proceedings.
  • Maintain security at crime scenes and accidents.
  • Assist the Civil Section by serving and executing civil and criminal process, including search warrants, warrants for arrest, and civil papers such as writs, evictions, and subpoenas.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (G.E.D.) certificate.

Must be 21 years of age at the time of the start of academy training.

A valid driver's license is required at the time of appointment and for continued appointment in this position.

Is a citizen of the United States

NOTE: Possession of a current Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training Committee (P.O.S.T.) Category I Basic or Nevada P.O.S.T. Reserve Basic Certificate is desirable.

Selected candidates must:

  • Pass Washoe County’s pre-employment Physical Fitness Test and the P.O.S.T. entry level Physical Fitness Test prior to starting the Reserve Deputies’ Academy.
  • Complete a Personal History Statement and pass an extensive background investigation.
  • Successfully complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA).
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination and psychological examination.
  • Submit a set of fingerprints.
  • Pass a Reserve Academy or possess a Nevada P.O.S.T. Category I or Nevada P.O.S.T. Reserve Basic Certificate prior to appointment.
  • Successfully complete a Field Training Officer ( FTO ) Program after graduation from the Reserve Academy

Washoe County Physical Abilities Test

EVENT                                                     ENTRY STANDARD

Handgrip (3 attempts)                          68 kilograms

Bend, Twist and Touch
(20 seconds 3 attempts)                     11 cycles

Sit and Reach                                        16 inches

Vertical Jump (3 attempts)                  16 inches

Sit-ups in one minute                           27

Push-ups (no time limit)                      18

300 meter sprint                                    77 seconds

1.5 mile run                                            15:20 m/s

Class Schedule

Class schedules can vary, but usually include at least one mid- week evening class and at least one full weekend day over a 15 week period. Classes are typically held at the Regional Public Safety Training Center, 5190 Spectrum Blvd, Reno, Nevada.

Recruits must complete a minimum of 120 hours of training to receive their POST Reserve Certificate (NAC 289.170).

Upon completion of a Reserve Academy, reserve deputies are put through a modified field/facility training program to ensure they are each properly trained and qualified for duty.

How To Apply

In order for you to be considered for this program, you must complete a Washoe County Sheriff's Office Application for Reserve Deputy Sheriff. It is your responsibility to provide specific, accurate, and complete information describing how you meet the minimum qualifications in your original application materials, as no additional information will be considered after the filing deadline. A resume may be submitted in addition to, but not in lieu of, any portion of the application. Forms are available through the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division, 911 Parr Boulevard, Reno, Nevada.

Acceptance of Applicant

The final acceptance of the successful applicant will be made by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

For further information, contact James T. Kocijanski @, (775) 328-3340

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