To become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Oklahoma County sheriff's office, one must meet the following requirements:
• Complete the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Application.
• Be a U.S. Citizen.
• Pass a thorough background investigation, including a criminal records search and fingerprint search.
• Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
• Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
• Possess a valid Oklahoma operator driver's license or higher.
• Be gainfully employed, retired or a full-time student.
• Subscribe to the oath of affirmation of allegiance to the Oklahoma County sheriff's office and the citizens of Oklahoma County.
• Be in good physical condition and free from disease or defects that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the duties of this position.
• Participate in a personal aptitude interview with the reserve division major, reserve division captain and a reserve division peer.
• Undergo a physical, by a medical doctor, and be medically cleared for participation.
• Undergo an MMPI and CPI psychological evaluation, which is paid for by the reserve applicant and administered by a psychologist, and cleared for participation.
• Possess a valid CPR and first aid certification.
• Successfully complete the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office CLEET Basic Reserve Academy, which runs about 10 months.
• CLEET requires 240 hours minimum training, but the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office CLEET Basic Reserve Academy provides in excess of 280 hours.
Duties and compensation
• Reserve deputies are considered volunteer employees but are not eligible for benefits other than workers' compensation insurance coverage, as required by law.
• Reserve deputies can participate in all facets of county law enforcement so long as they are trained or assigned to the task assigned.
• In Oklahoma County, the reserve division is responsible for the all-terrain vehicle team and the mounted patrol, provides front desk security at the county jail, transports inmates to and from the hospital and secures them during hospitalization, as well assists with warrant and jail sweeps, manhunts, countywide traffic patrol, special weapons and tactical team, sobriety checkpoints and other duties.
• Each reserve deputy is required to work a minimum of 16 hours a month and must attend annual refresher training.
• Reserve deputies do not get paid. There are, however, a few paid special assignments, such as guarding inmates at the hospital and front door security at the jail. These assignments pay $15 per hour, and paid reserve deputies are required to submit proper tax documents.
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said reserve deputies donate an estimated half-million dollars to the department annually.