The reserve deputies volunteer their time to enforce the laws and serve the citizens of Anderson County while holding down other full-time jobs. The only difference in reserve deputies and regular deputies is that reserve deputies are not paid nor are they certified peace officers as recognized by the State of Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training.
Reserve deputies function mainly as a support unit for the Sheriff’s Department providing personnel for detention, patrol, dispatch, warrants, and civil. Other activities include security for special events, school districts, football games, and fund-raisers throughout the county as requested by the Sheriff.
The current strength of the Reserve Unit is 40 fully trained, peace officers. Qualified applicants who are either certified or willing to be trained are sought continually.
Basic requirements for membership in the unit:
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Have a good driving record.
- Have no criminal record.
Each deputy must pay for all their own uniforms, equipment, and training. Reserve deputies must commit to working a minimum of 16 hours per month. Senior deputies commit to 24 hours per month. Some even contribute up to 100 hours per month.
Extensive testing before an individual is admitted to the group includes a physical, psychological, drug and background investigation. After this procerss is completed, an applicant may be approved for membership by the reserve unit leaders.
The reasons why reserve deputies donate their time and effort to the citizens of Anderson County are varied. Most say that they want to contribute something back to the community in which they live or work. Others feel that the satisfaction and tremendous sense of accomplishment they realize from doing even the smallest job to help someone in the county far outweighs any compensation.
The Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Anderson County are very fortunate to have such dedicated, civic-minded and professional officers whose only goal is to help the Sheriff’s Office achieve a high quality of community service through law enforcement.
Anyone interested in joining the Reserve Unit should contact Lieutenant Kenny Sharp at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
Application forms are available to download or you may contact us with your postal address and we will place one in the mail to you.