About Reserve Unit

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Reserve Unit serves at the discretion of the Sheriff Frank Reynolds. Within the Reserve Unit, there are two distinct service paths – a POST certified peace officer and a non-certified officer. Both paths serve as a support branch for the general operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the Reserve Unit offers services with Cherokee’s community events such as speaking engagements to Boy Scout groups, the annual Safety Town Event, and traffic control at 5k races.

The first service path of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is a fully POST certified peace officer who is sworn and primarily works in the Uniform Patrol Division (UPD). In order to work in this capacity, the Reserve Deputy must also complete the standard Field Training Program that our full-time counterparts must complete. Calls for service run the full spectrum and include traffic accident reporting and enforcement, domestic calls, and theft investigations and reporting to name a few.

The second service path of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is a non-certified (Auxiliary) Deputy. These Deputies work primarily in the Adult Detention Center (ADC). POST peace officer certification isn’t required for this service path, but they are able to work in the ADC performing detention duties. All Auxiliary Deputies must ultimately complete the Detention Officer Program to work as a Detention Deputy. It is possible to attend Basic Jail School and become a POST certified jailer. Auxiliary Deputies work shoulder-to-shoulder with their full time counterparts and encounter the same issues related to housing inmates.

In 2016, the Reserve Unit donated 2,051 hours of time to the County, providing substantial cost savings. If you are interested in becoming either a Reserve or Auxiliary Deputy, we are always accepting applications. We follow the same hiring process and are guided by the same requirements as full-time deputies. Please apply online.