Our MissionStar and Boat

To work in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Community with focus on quality public safety services.

Our Vision

To create and enhance safety practices leading to a crime free community.


The Washington County Sheriff’s Reserve was founded in 1997 and is Reservesauthorized 50 members. Reserve deputies, all of whom are non-sworn and unarmed, assist the Sheriff’s Office by promoting safety and assisting deputies during disasters and incidents.

Reserve deputy accountability include but are not limited to:
  • Lake and river patrols
  • Natural disaster, emergency response, and traffic and crowd control
  • Search for lost or missing persons
  • Crime scene security

Qualifications for Reserve Deputies

The Reserve Deputy position is a non-licensed, unarmed position. The minimum eligibility standards for reserve deputies are:
  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid drivers license
  • Reliable transportation and vehicle insurance
  • Response capability for call out situations
  • Pass a criminal history and background check
  • Good physical condition
  • Participate in an oral interview process
  • Satisfactory completion of the Reserve Deputy Academy

Reserve Academy Applications

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Interviews and background checks are completed by mid-January. The Reserve Academy will typically begin at the end of January and be completed by mid-May. Reserve Academy weekly classes generally begin at 6 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center in Stillwater.

Equipment Provided

  • Brown BDU pants
  • Winter brown long sleeved BDU shirt
  • Summer tan collared polo shirts
  • Baseball cap
  • Cold weather jacket
  • Wind breaker jacket
  • Chemical agent
  • Traffic safety vest
  • Latex gloves

Duty Commitments

This is a team effort. When you are not available, someone else must step up. It is important that we meet the expectations regarding duty assignments as follows:
  • The busy period is from Memorial Day to Labor Day where a minimum of 3 scheduled patrol shifts are needed per month.
  • Occasional patrols are needed in the other months and will be scheduled when necessary.
  • Periodic training sessions as required (normally 1 per quarter)
  • To be able to respond to call outs and special needs in cases of natural disasters and emergencies within a reasonable period of time.

Who Joins?

Highly motivated individuals from all adult age groups and all backgrounds. Students, retired individuals, and those that want to give back by spending meaningful time in an activity dedicated to community welfare and safety.

Why Join?

To help deter crime by increasing sheriff presence on water and street. Valuable experience is gained through continuous training and learning through the interaction with the Office of the Sheriff and related community activity. Team players are welcomed.