Reserve Deputies

Interested in becoming a Reserve (Volunteer) Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy? Call 509-477-3556 to place your name on a notification list. Testing is tentatively scheduled to begin in early March for a Reserve Academy tentatively scheduled for summer.

Minimum Requirements


  • United States citizen who can read and write the English language
  • Minimum age of 21 at the time of appointment, however, may test at age 20 as long as applicant turns 21 during the life of the eligibility list
  • High school graduate or GED
  • No felony convictions as an adult
  • Must hold a valid driver's license at time of appointment and during employment
  • Keyboard accurately at a minimum of 30 words per minute
  • Good health
  • See, hear, feel, smell, touch, speak and move about (with or without corrective devices) to perform the duties, responsibilities, tasks and essential functions required or assigned to this position.
For additional information, email Deputy Rohde.

What is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?


Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are non-paid volunteers who supplement the Spokane County Sheriff's Office law enforcement manpower. Like Full-time Deputies, Reserve Deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. In most cases, Reserves perform many of the same duties as Full-time Deputies. Reserve Deputies are required by law to meet the same hiring, background, medical and psychological standards as Full-time Deputies.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs supplement the regular operations of the Sheriff's Office by performing a wide range of duties including, but not limited to: Uniform Patrol, Bike Patrol, Marine Enforcement, and may assist the detective division with special assignments, work crime-scene security, traffic control and Gang Suppression.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs enjoy the challenge and excitement offered by law enforcement, as well as the satisfaction of providing a worthwhile community service.

Work Requirements


Reserve Deputy Sheriffs must first complete a 250+ hour Washington State mandated Reserve Academy at their own expense. Upon graduation each candidate will be assigned to a Field Training Officer for on-the-job training.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs work assignments on evenings and/or weekends as their regular jobs permit.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs have full peace officer powers while on duty, and if issued a Concealed Weapons Permit, may choose to carry a concealed weapon when off duty.

Deputy Service


Reserve Deputy Sheriffs volunteer a minimum of 32 hours every two months, and may apply for paid special event assignments once they obtain Level Three or Four status.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs serve at the will of the Sheriff, must obey all agency regulations, but do not fall under the purview of the Spokane Civil Service Commission.

If you’re interested in becoming a Reserve Deputy, please call 509-477-3556 for more information on upcoming testing.