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.