WHAT DO THEY 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. 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.
In addition to patrol duties, reserves will be called upon for a variety of other tasks as needed by the Sheriff’s Office. Reserve Deputies often , work with the Marine, Off Highway Vehicle, Snowmobile, Forest Patrol and Search and Rescue Programs. Reserves are called to assist at major crime scenes, perform various plain clothes or surveillance activities.
Reserve deputies perform other security details throughout the community, such 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 YOU 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. Reserves also have the opportunity to receive continuous training offered by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The Basic Reserve Academy will consist of more than 300 hours of training.
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 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.
WHO CAN APPLY AND WHERE?
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. You may not be eligible for employment as a reserve deputy if your background reveals disqualifying information. More about disqualifiers can be found here. 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.
Currently, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is hiring new reserve deputies. Applicants must complete a Hood River County Employment application and return it to the County Administration Office at 601 State St. in Hood River. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Qualified applicants will then be notified for the basic skills and physical agility testing dates and times. Bilingual Spanish/English are encouraged to apply. HRC is an EOE.
For more information or questions, contact reserve coordinators Det. Rick Princehouse at 541 387-7039 or Deputy Dave Stefanini at 541 387-6841.