Mission: To assist and support the Patrol Deputies responsibility as defined by the Sheriff of Wasco County. Also perform traditional police functions during emergency situations and disasters.
Reserves perform a variety of functions and are presented with an opportunity to experience many of the different roles full-time employees of the Sheriff’s Office have. The most common function reserves participate in, is patrol activities. Reserve Deputies attend a Reserve Deputy Academy that is put on with multiple agencies. 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 different levels of training. The highest level allows the reserve to work independently in a patrol car and perform the duties of the Sheriff’s Office. All uniforms and equipment are issued from 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 with the investigations division. They work with the Marine, Forest Patrol, and Search and Rescue operations.
Reserve deputies are also called upon to perform other security details throughout the community. They will perform traffic control and security functions at parades, gatherings and at the Wasco County Fair. Reserve Deputies play a huge part when it comes to wild fires in Wasco County assisting with road closures, evacuating homes and getting citizens to safety.
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 reserve deputy program is an invaluable program that is integral to the Sheriff’s Office operations. Without their volunteer service, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office would not be able to function at the level they do.
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