205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Reserve Deputies serve our community as trained, limited commission, volunteer Law Enforcement officers, working alongside full-time deputies, detectives, and supervisors. In return they gain uniquely valuable experience and training in a modern Law Enforcement agency and help us to protect our county. Our Reserve deputies provide the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of our county over 5,000 hours of volunteer service per year.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office accepts applications throughout the year. Applicants meeting our criteria undergo an oral board interview. Candidates successfully completing this process are then required to pass a polygraph exam and a psychological exam.
Cadets accepted into the Reserve program attend and complete a state-mandated Reserve Academy, which is held each year from January through May. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office annual Reserve Academy is accredited by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and is in excess of 330 hours in length. Training includes criminal law and procedures; patrol tactics; crisis intervention and de-escalation; criminal investigations; use of force law and policy; emergency vehicle operations; firearms; less lethal tools; report writing; and more
Cadets completing this process are furnished with a KCSO uniform 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 Divisions 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 demonstrated and documented through a field training program.
Some of the assignments worked in this capacity are responding to 911 calls, traffic emphasis patrols, prisoner transports, corrections center operations, school security, community events and court security.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.