The Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is continuously recruiting qualified candidates for the reserve deputy program. Application is open to anyone that possesses a current California POST reserve level II or level I certificate, or a POST basic academy certificate. The position is unpaid. 

Our reserve deputies volunteer to serve the Placer County communities and find it extremely rewarding. Some reserve deputies have a goal to become a regular-full time deputy sheriff. The reserve program can help provide the experience you are looking for to accomplish that goal. Our reserves are required to purchase their own equipment and uniforms but have a small uniform allowance after one year of service.

Primary Responsibilities

Reserve deputies work:

  • Civic functions
  • Concerts
  • Fairs
  • Patrol
  • Public safety needs
  • Etc.


A minimum of 20 hours per month is required. Reserve deputies are encouraged to attend all departmental training. Training can include but is not limited to: 

  • Arrest and control
  • Child abuse
  • Elder abuse
  • Evidence collection
  • EVOC
  • Firearms and range
  • Impact weapons
  • Legal updates
  • Patrol
  • Weaponless defense
  • Etc.

Field Training

Level I reserves and those with POST basic academy certificates are eligible to apply to the Field Training Program (FTO). FTO is approximately 640 hours. When successfully completed the training qualifies the reserve to work patrol either alone or with another reserve.

Other Patrols

Reserves are eligible to apply for the Equestrian Mounted Patrol (law enforcement capacity) and Bike Patrol (once the required training is completed).