Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Click to apply for the Reserve Deputy Sheriff position  Join our team! The Sheriff's Office will hold a Reserve Deputy Sheriff Academy, starting September 7, 2016. Reserve deputies are uniformed volunteers trained to perform a variety of operational and administrative assignments for the Sheriff’s Office. Selection of candidates is based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant’s qualifications, background and availability to support activities of the Sheriff’s Office.

Applicants must apply through Fairfax County's Volunteer Management System (VMS). First, register in VMS and create your volunteer profile. Then you will be ready to log in and apply! The deadline to apply is July 15.

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
    • Ten weeks of classroom and practical training
    • 4 hours on Wednesday evenings, 8 hours on Saturdays
    • Fairfax County Public Safety Center, 10520 Judicial Drive, Fairfax, Va.
  • 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
    • Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN)
    • Defensive tactics
    • Civil law process
    • Traffic and crowd control
    • Child ID cards with fingerprints
    • Cultural diversity awareness
    • Communication and public information
    • Report writing
    • CPR, AED and first aid
    • Radios
    • Firearms awareness
    • Baton and OC spray
  • Graduation and swearing-in ceremony
    • November 5, 2016, 10 a.m.-noon
    • Historic Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va
    • Family and friends welcome

Potential Assignments

  • Adult Detention Center operations support
  • Courthouse security
  • Courthouse information
  • 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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