The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department maintains a Reserve Program. The Reserve Program is made up of volunteers who provide a number of services to the community. Without these volunteers the department would not be able to accomplish it's mission.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserves contribute approximately 2500 to 3000 hours a year to the citizens of Jefferson County resulting in a considerable savings in tax dollars that would otherwise have gone to pay for full time personnel to perform some of the tasks reserves are called on to do, such as, providing a law enforcement presence at community events; traffic and crowd control; security at crime scenes, assist on warrant services and help with search and rescue. In short, whenever called upon by the Sheriff’s Office these unpaid volunteer “Cops” have proudly and willingly put on the uniform and gone out to serve the citizens of the community, as members of the community who want to make this a better place to live.
Reserve Program volunteers become commissioned members of the department. Services provided by Reserve Deputies cover the entire range of law enforcement duties.
We are interested in volunteers who are willing to commit to helping their community and the department on a long term basis. We prefer members who can commit one or more days a week to community service.
Reserves are required to volunteer 16 hours per month of patrol time. That can also be volunteered on Marine patrol or working in corrections. Reserves are also required to work certain community events such as The Rhododendron parade and the Port Hadlock Days parade.
Want to Join?
If you are interested in becoming a Reserve Program member you must meet minimum qualifications. The qualifications include:
If you meet these qualifications and want to commit to volunteer service with the department you can begin the process of becoming a member by visiting the department during business hours to obtain an application. After your completed application is received you will be contacted by a supervisor. You will be interviewed and a background check and drug screen will be done.
The Sheriff has the final decision on your participation as a Reserve Deputy.
The Training Process
Once you have been accepted into the program you will be scheduled for several training courses. These courses cover such things as department policies and procedures, reserve organization, defensive driving, first aid, and courses specific to law enforcement. Since we are a small department we only offer these courses two or three times per year and you may be required to wait for the courses to occur before you can participate as a Reserve Deputy.
After you have completed training you can begin to participate in the many activities our Reserve Deputies enjoy. Volunteers quickly become part of the department "family." They are a vital part of the organization and we depend on them to accomplish our mission. For a historical perspective of the Reserves, click here.
For more information, come in and visit or give Sergeant Mark Apeland a call at (360) 385-3831.