Reserve Deputy Program
Sheriff Richard Roundtree implemented a long-anticipated reserve deputy program shortly after taking office in January 2013. The primary duty of this unit is to provide additional personnel who are fully trained and ready for call-out during an emergency. These deputies also assist in crowd control during major public events, respond during specified disaster and provide back up services at all levels, as needed.
Reservists can use their special skills from experience at other agencies to help in all fields from road patrol to criminal investigations and narcotics. On road patrol, they can work solo or in two-man crews in higher crime areas. Reserves will also be deployed downtown given the push for an increased presence there.
The reserves will be especially useful at a time like the Masters Tournament when the Sheriff's Office needs additional manpower but doesn’t want to take away from other areas.
Reservists must be certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, meet the same requirements as a normal paid deputy and will have all the same authority as a paid deputy.
Requirements to become a Reservist:
- Must fill out an Application of Employment
- Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application
- Must be in good physical and mental health with no disabling physical condition
- Must possess a valid Georgia driver's license
- Must possess a United States High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
- United States Citizenship required
- Must not have history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work
- Must pass criminal background check
- Must pass polygraph
- Must work 20 hours a month or 60 hours a quarter
For more information about becoming a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Richmond County please contact the Community Services Division, 706-261-0436.