Hood River County Sheriff's Office

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Hood River County Reserve Deputy Program
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is proud to provide and operate a Reserve Deputy program.  The reserve program offers qualified citizens a unique opportunity to give back to their community in a fun, rewarding, often fast paced environment.  The program is an important element of the Sheriff’s Office, providing assistance in many areas as well as functioning as a training ground for many of Hood River County’s future full-time deputies.
What do reserve deputies do?
Reserves perform a variety of functions and are presented with an opportunity to experience many of the different roles employees of the Sheriff’s Office have.                                            

The most common function reserves participate in, are patrol activities.  Reserve Deputies start out in plain clothes and ride with regular deputies on their shift. As they continue in their training, reserves are uniformed and armed.  Reserves take calls for service, make traffic stops, serve papers and make arrests performing the same tasks, as full-time deputies are required to do. 

Reserves progress through three status levels.  The highest level allows the reserve to work independently in a patrol car and perform the duties of the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to patrol duties, reserves will be called upon for a variety of other tasks as needed by the Sheriff’s Office.  Reserves are often called to act as security at major crime scenes, perform various plain clothes or surveillance activities, work with the marine and forest patrol deputies and participate in search and rescue operations. 

Reserve deputies are also called upon to perform other security details throughout the community.  Reserves act as security at many of Hood River Valley High School’s functions including dances and football games.  Further they perform traffic control and security functions at parades, sporting events and gatherings.
What do reserve deputies learn?

Reserve deputies are subjected to continuing training in all aspects of police work including but not limited to criminal, procedural and civil law.  They receive training in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Confrontational Simulations, Emergency Vehicle Operation, Investigations and Traffic Stops.  The reserve academy consists of more than 300 hours of training. 

Reserves also have the opportunity to receive continuous training offered by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. 

How do I become a reserve deputy?
The Hood River Sheriff’s Office is looking for men and women that want to give back to the community and are motivated, intelligent, able to problem solve and perform in stressful situations. 

Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background investigation that includes a criminal and driving history query.  Further, applicants should be able to write and type competently as well as being in physical condition that is adequate enough to perform the duties of the job. 

A reserve deputy is a volunteer position.  On rare occasions, opportunities for paid events may arise. If hired, applicants are expected to participate and attend required training and meetings.  Additionally, there is a minimum hourly requirement that must be met to maintain employment as a reserve. 

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office hires new reserve deputies on a continuous basis.  Applicants must complete a Hood River County Employment Application which can be picked up and returned at the County Administration Office at 601 State St. in Hood River.  Qualified applicants will then be notified for the basic skills and physical agility testing dates and times.
Contact HRSO's Reserve Program

To Contact Us: 
309 State St.
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone:  (541) 386-2098
Fax:      (971) 231-2006
24hr. Non-Emergency  (541) 386-2711