Sheriff's Office bringing back reserve deputy program

VERONA — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office will now be accepting applications for those interested in joining the ACSO as Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies.

For a number of years, the sheriff’s office had a reserve deputy program to complement the sworn members of the office. That program ended in 2008 when necessary funding had to be allocated elsewhere due to budget cuts.  Now, 10 years later, that is about to change.

“We are committed to providing the best service possible to our citizens and to those who work in or visit our community,” Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith said. “Reinstating the reserve program allows the Sheriff’s Office to increase our ability to serve. Reserve officers will assist with community events and ride along with our full-time staff, providing field assistance and back up to deputies that are assigned to work a large area on their own.

To download an application, go to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.co.augusta.va.us/government/sheriff and click on the “jobs” tab, or visit our Facebook page.

Upon successful completion of the hiring process, which includes a physical fitness test, the Reserve deputy will be expected to complete a number of training sessions in law, defensive tactics, firearms, and other mandated training.  The training will be held “in-house” and taught by members of the ACSO.  The mandatory training will be held twice weekly during the evening hours.  Those selected should be prepared to train eight hours a week until all the training objectives are met.  After meeting all training objectives, the Reserve Deputy will be required to serve a minimum of eight hours per month.

This position is considered to be voluntary; no pay or benefits will be provided.  All equipment will be furnished by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

Applicants must be 18 or older, have no criminal record, have a high school diploma or GED, and pass a background investigation and drug test.

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