Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

County Seat - Port Townsend, WA - Dave Stanko, Sheriff

The Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program is comprised of community members, such as yourself, who wish to volunteer as a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy. These deputies supplement the full-time deputies in a variety of duties throughout the Sheriff’s Office. They patrol in vehicles, on foot patrols, or on bicycle patrol. Most Reserve Officers work with deputies, but others can qualify to patrol on their own. This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to full-time police officer. Reserve Deputies can enjoy the best of both worlds, maintain their chosen career while helping to police their community.

A commissioned Reserve Deputy performs general law enforcement, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing,collision investigations, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions.

Reserve Deputies are also utilized at special events such as parades, street fairs, or security for major events. Other duties include support services to other units within the Departmentsuch as the Investigation Division, Marine Unit patrol, or Administrative Unit. Reserve Deputies perform most of the same duties as a full-time deputy. A typical Reserve Officer performs at least sixteen hours of service each month. A Reserve Officer can volunteer to work more than the minimum sixteen hours a month, if they choose.

Reserve Deputies are subject to the same testing and background standards as fully commissioned Sheriff’s Deputies. The minimum qualifications for Reserve Deputies is as follows:


•Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;

•Not have any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm;

•Be a United States citizen or have applied for U.S. citizenship;

•Possess a High School diploma or GED equivalency;

•Possess a Washington driver's license;

•Successfully pass a physical fitness test;

•Successfully pass a complete Peace Officer Background Investigation;

•Successfully pass a polygraph exam, psychological screening, & medical examination;

•Successfully pass an Oral Interview.


Anyone interested in applying for a Reserve Deputy position can contact Sergeant Mark Apeland or Deputy Jason Avery for further information:


•Sergeant Mark Apeland (360)385-3831 EXT 763 mapeland@co.Jefferson.wa.us

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