Reserve Deputy Sheriff

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS at this time for the volunteer position of Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Please check back here in early 2018 to learn if a new application process and training academy have been scheduled. Once the recruiting period opens, all applicants must go through Fairfax County's Volunteer Management System (VMS). Learn about our other volunteer opportunities.

Application Process

  1. Set up an account through Fairfax County's Volunteer Management System (VMS).
  2. Once you have an account, apply for the Reserve Deputy Sheriff opportunity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • United States citizen
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license
  • No convictions for felonies, serious misdemeanors or crimes of moral turpitude.


  • The opportunity to give back to your community
  • Uniform and equipment at no cost
  • Insurance coverage while on duty

Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 12 hours of service each month (144 hours per calendar year)
  • Eight hours of training annually to maintain status as Reserve Deputy Sheriff


  • Reserve Deputy Sheriff Academy
    • 10 weeks of classroom and practical training
    • Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings
    • Fairfax County Public Safety Center, 10520 Judicial Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Coursework will include, but is not be limited to:
    • Inmate interviews, supervision, behavior and searches
    • Courtroom security, searches and testimony
    • Handcuffing, key control and hostage situations
    • Defensive tactics
    • Civil law process
    • Traffic and crowd control
    • Child ID program
    • Cultural diversity awareness
    • Communication and public information
    • Report writing
    • CPR, AED and first aid
    • Radios
    • Firearms awareness
    • Baton and OC spray

Potential Assignments

  • Adult Detention Center operations support
  • Courthouse security
  • Courthouse information
  • Safe Visitation and Exchange Program for Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court
  • Inmate labor supervision
  • Inmate transportation
  • Child ID technician
  • Child safety seat technician (training separate from academy)
  • Community relations support
  • Special events support
  • Traffic and/or crowd control

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