Reserve Unit

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit consists of highly trained law enforcement volunteers who provide essential assistance to the Operations and Corrections Divisions.  Reserve deputies routinely work with regular Civil and Patrol/Traffic deputies as well as provide support to the jail staff.  Unit members also serve county residents by providing traffic control and security services at a variety of annual special events.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit please complete the “Volunteer Application” which may be downloaded from this website, obtained from the Sheriff’s Office, or the County Personnel Office at the Court House.  Completed applications can be mailed to the Jo. Co. S/O Reserve Unit, 601 N.W. 5th St. Grants Pass, OR   97526, or dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office.  Please call (541) 474-5147 if you have any questions about the application/selection process or the Reserve Program.

Reserve Deputy Eligibility Requirements

All applicants for the Reserve Deputy Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 21 years of age prior to or at the time of graduation from the reserve academy.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Have no felony, serious misdemeanor or domestic violence related convictions.

Reserve Deputy Selection Criteria

In order to become a Level III Reserve Deputy Sheriff, each candidate must complete the following process.

  1. Submit a completed “Volunteer Application” by February 24, 2012.
  2. Successfully pass a state approved basic skills exam, the cost of which is $15.00 (cash only).
  3. Pass an oral interview.
  4. Pass a thorough background investigation.
  5. Pass a medical exam and drug screening procedure.
  6. Pass a state approved physical fitness test. Information on the Oregon Physical Abilities Test, (ORPAT) is available on the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Training website.
  7. Pass a psychological exam.
  8. Enroll and complete the Reserve Officer Law Enforcement Academy, (ROLEA). The following process must be followed:
    • Enroll at Rogue Community College and obtain a student identification card.
    • ROLEA is a two semester, (September - May) eight-module law enforcement training program.
    • Classes are primarily held at the RCC, Table Rock Campus, in White City.  Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with occasional classes being held on Saturdays.
    • There is a $100.00 monthly fee for each of the eight training modules. Tuition assistance is available, but must be requested and approved prior to the beginning of fall classes.
    • Participants paying their own tuition and not applying for college credits may, upon graduation, be eligible for reimbursement through the Reserve Program; 50% when a certificate of completion and proof of payment are submitted and 50% when the Field Training Officer’s (FTO) Manual is completed.  Recipients of tuition assistance must provide the Reserve Program with at least one year of post-graduation service or repay the tuition.
    • When enrolled, students are expected to provide their own equipment.  The equipment consists of Office approved leather gear, firearm, handcuffs, baton and protective vest.
    • Students completing ROLEA will be sworn in as Level II Reserve Deputies and provided with the necessary uniforms, Department General Orders and field training material.


  • Attend monthly meetings.
  • Provide at least 16 hours of service each month, eight of which must be in the jail.
  • Periodically participate in public service events, i.e., security at special events, traffic control and prisoner security at the hospital.
  • Complete Module 9, Field Training and Evaluation Program, within one year of achieving Level II status.

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