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Old 08-17-2019, 05:49 PM
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After hearing of quite a few people who become reserve sheriff deputies, which can carry with it LEOSA protections and reciprocity in every state, I'm curious about how people find these counties to volunteer with. This is considering that they are usually extremely far from where they live, and people would have to find one that doesnt require you to attend and graduate a law enforcement academy.

Maybe just calling around is the best bet, but a resource for counties advertising that they're seeking reserve officers would be helpful.
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Maybe just calling around is the best bet, but a resource for counties advertising that they're seeking reserve officers would be helpful.
You could call around and compile a list.
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After hearing of quite a few people who become reserve sheriff deputies, which can carry with it LEOSA protections and reciprocity in every state, I'm curious about how people find these counties to volunteer with. This is considering that they are usually extremely far from where they live, and people would have to find one that doesnt require you to attend and graduate a law enforcement academy.



Maybe just calling around is the best bet, but a resource for counties advertising that they're seeking reserve officers would be helpful.
Our county has a Reserve program but the Reserve officers can't carry firearms. I would assume the can't qualify for LEOSA, either.



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Our county has a Reserve program but the Reserve officers can't carry firearms. I would assume the can't qualify for LEOSA, either.



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I think it comes down to 1. Authorized to Carry a Firearm, 2. Has Arrest Powers, they qualify for LEOSA
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It's going to vary state by state, county by county. If they require you to be POST certified, that should qualify you for LEOSA. Call your local county S.O. & any adjacent counties, their policies & procedures, at least in regards to hiring policies & what positions are funded should not be a secret.
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The LEOSA catch, for me anyway, was the fact that I combined my class 1 full time work and my reserve time when I left as full time. I retired after 14 years, Upstate SC, so I met the 10 or more years of aggregate service.
Each county has the option, each town/city PD has the option, as do State agencies (ie: SCDNR DLEO) to have a certain % of the dept as reserves. No pay, some provide own weapons and gear, but most are provided by the agency.
We also have various levels of State Constables. There is a class offered by local Tech Colleges that you can take to become certified, but you have to pass a test at the SCCJA to be certified.
Call local agencies and ask if they have a reserve program, or can direct you to a constable class.
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I believe it's a don't call us, we'll call you thing.
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Call your local sheriff's department and ask about becoming an auxiliary officer or a reserve officer of some kind. If they have such a program you will have to fill out an application to join, have a background check run on you, go through training and attend meetings every month along with working various details. In some areas, some auxiliary officers are paid for when they work, some get a yearly stipend and for others there is no pay at all.

Keep in mind that most of these programs are full and joining won't be easy at all. It may also take a few months, until an opening happens, before you get called back to join your local department. Also keep in mind that some of these auxiliary agencies are sort of little clique groups in which friends of friends gang up and all join together so you may not fit in with one department while you would with a different department.
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You might want to study the case of Robert Bates, a volunteer deputy in OK. You can write him in prison and ask him how much "protection" he got.
https://www.npr.org/2015/04/14/39951...shooting-death
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You might want to study the case of Robert Bates, a volunteer deputy in OK. You can write him in prison and ask him how much "protection" he got.
https://www.npr.org/2015/04/14/39951...shooting-death
An idiot pulling out a handgun instead of a stun gun while on duty doesnt have much to do with LEOSA and reciprocity.
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