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

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 Jail 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, jail operations, school security, community events and court security.

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