Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Join our team! The Sheriff's Office will hold a 10-week Reserve Deputy Sheriff Academy, starting April 10, 2018. 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 and availability. Each candidate also will undergo a background investigation. Reserve deputies receive additional training through their quarterly meetings and are eligible to attend most training available to sworn and civilian staff. 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 for the spring academy is Friday, December 1, 2017.

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
  • Child ID technician
  • Child safety seat technician
  • Community relations support
  • Special events support
  • Traffic and/or crowd control

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