Reserve Deputy Program

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A High School graduate or have a GED
  • Have no criminal record
  • A citizen of the United States
  • In good physical condition
  • A resident of Kittitas County
  • Able to pass through a background investigation, polygraph and psychological exam
  • Willing to serve as a volunteer


  • Pass a physical fitness test
  • Provide a portion of your own equipment
  • Complete all phases of basic Reserve training
  • Perform a set number of required volunteer hours each month
  • Observe all department policies, rules, regulations and directives
  • Possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License

Other Expectations

  • Supplement the contingent of regular Deputies
  • Assist the Corrections and Communications departments when needed
  • Perform Law Enforcement duties at civic events
  • Serve at the discretion of the Sheriff

You Will Be Proficient In

  • Report writing
  • Communications
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Use of Firearms
  • Emergency Driving
  • Judicial Procedures
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Search and Seizure Laws
  • Prisoner control and transport
  • Laws and Ordinances
  • Prisoner custody and management Proper use of force
Your role as a Reserve Deputy will give you the opportunity to serve your community. In addition, you will gain valuable experience and training through your service with a modern Law Enforcement agency. Gene Dana, Kittitas County Sheriff

Reserve Deputy ProgramThe Kittitas County Sheriff's Office has a highly regarded unit of approximately 20 volunteer Reserve personnel who hold commissions as law enforcement officers. These deputies provide the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of the county in excess of 5,000 hours of volunteer service per year.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office accepts applications throughout the year, at which time all applications are screened for acceptance. Those individuals meeting our requirements are then required to pass an oral board/interview. Candidates completing this process are then required to pass a polygraph exam and a psychological exam.

Successful candidates are then required to attend and complete the state-mandated Reserve Academy. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office coordinates an annual Reserve Academy which is accredited by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and is in excess of 330 hours in length. This academy is conducted from January through May.

Cadets completing this process are furnished with uniforms and a ballistic vest.

Reserve deputies are required to provide a minimum of 16 hours per month to remain active. Monthly reports are submitted detailing activity. Ongoing training is provided on a bi-monthly basis.

Although the primary duties of the Reserve Deputies are to augment the Patrol and Corrections Division's of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, they are permitted to work solo-status once they have obtained a desired level of proficiency, which is evaluated through a field training program.

Some of the assignments worked in this capacity are responding to 911 calls, traffic emphasis, arrest warrant emphasis, prisoner transports, School security, community events and court security.

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