Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are utilized to supplement the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement manpower. Like Full-time Deputies, Reserve Deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. In most cases, Reserves are assigned to the same duties as Full-time Deputies. Since Reserve Deputies have the same powers of arrest as Full-time Deputies they are required by law to meet the same hiring, background, medical and psychological standards as Full-time Deputies.

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Subjects covered in this Program Description:

imageUniform Reserve
image Search and Rescue
image Mounted Posse
image What Is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?
image Background Investigation
image General Requirements
image Physical Requirements
image Application and Testing Procedure
image List of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Stations

Uniform Reserve:


The Uniform Reserves are assigned to one of the many Sheriff’s department patrol stations and perform general law enforcement duties, including crime prevention and investigation, responding to calls, traffic control, and enforcement of laws.

Every Sheriff’s Station listed below has a Uniform Reserve Unit. In addition to Sheriff Station assignments, Reserve openings are available to those with suitable skills and experience in the following specialized units:

• Administrative Staff
• Aero Bureau
• Communications/Fleet Management
• COPS Company
• Court Services
• Custody Company
• Detective
• Emergency Operations Center
• Headquarters Company
• Management Project Company

• Media Specialist Company
• Narcotics Company
• Recruitment Company
• SEB Mounted Enforcement Detail
• SEB Marine
• SEB Medical
• Sheriff’s Reserve Staff
• TSB Motors
• Weapons Training Company

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Search and Rescue:


The Search and Rescue Teams function as the Sheriff’s Department’s official emergency response unit that provides services to those citizens who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountainous areas of la county sheriff reserve.

Each team member is selected for his/her physical capabilities, maturity, and willingness to respond at a moment’s notice in emergency search and rescue situations. Team members usually must live within twenty minutes response time of the station where they serve. In addition to Academy Training, Search and Rescue Team members undergo extensive mountaineering training.

Sheriff’s Stations which have Search and Rescue Teams are shown on the List of Sheriff’s Stations below.

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Mounted Posse:


The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse functions as an integrated support unit to the Department in situations requiring the expertise of trained horse riders.

They assist in searches in areas not accessible by motor vehicles and provide patrol of parks, riverbeds, shopping center parking lots, and rural mountain areas.

Also, the SEB Mounted Enforcement Detail is available to assist in certain crowd control situations and participate in parades.

County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department which have Mounted Posse Units are shown on the List of Sheriff’s Stations below. There is also a Santa Clarita Valley Station Mounted Posse platoon based at Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

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What Is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs enjoy the challenge and excitement offered by law enforcement, as well as the satisfaction of providing a worthwhile community service.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs first complete the extensive state mandated training and then work assignments on evenings and/or weekends as their regular jobs permit.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are issued a badge, an identification card, uniforms, a Beretta 92FS duty weapon, handcuffs, baton, and most other necessary equipment.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs have full peace officer powers when on duty, and if issued a CCW permit, may choose to carry a concealed weapon when off duty.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs volunteer 20 hours per month of their time with the regular compensation being one dollar per year.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs may also qualify for shooting bonus pay of up to $32.00 per month, and some paid special event assignments are occasionally available.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs serve at the will of the Sheriff, must obey all Departmental regulations, but do not fall into the framework of the civil service system.
  • Reserve Deputy Sheriffs supplement the regular operations of the Sheriff’s Department by working in their choice of Uniform Reserve (Patrol), Mounted Posse, Search and Rescue or as a Specialist.

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Background Investigation:

All applicants undergo a thorough background investigation which includes a fingerprint search and polygraph examination. Disqualifying factors include:

  • Any felony conviction
  • Job related misdemeanor convictions
  • Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations.image Return to top

General Requirements:

Applicants for the position of Reserve Deputy Sheriff must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment,
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Possess a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License or higher.
  • Be gainfully employed or a full time student.
  • Be available to attend the Sheriff’s Department Reserve Academy:
    • North Academy:
      • College of the Canyons, Valencia
      • Sundays (0700 to 1700 hrs.)
      • Tue. and Thurs. (1800 to 2200 hrs.)
    • South Academy:
      • STARS Center, Whittier
      • Sundays (0700 to 1700 hrs.)
      • Mon. and Wed. (1800 to 2200 hrs.)
  • Be willing to subscribe to the oath of affirmation of allegiance for public employees.

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Physical Requirements:

Each applicant must be in good physical condition, free from disease or defects that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the duties of this position.

Applicants for Uniform Reserve and other arduous positions must meet the following physical standards:

  • Vision: Correctable to 20/30 in each eye.
  • Color Vision: Anything other than minor hue impairment is disqualifying.
  • Hearing: There must be no greater than a 25 dB loss in the better ear as averaged over the test frequencies of 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 Hz. There may not be a peak loss at any of the test frequencies greater than 30 dB at 500 Hz.

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List of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Stations








780 East Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 798-1131



215 Summer Street
Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-0174



21356 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745

(310) 830-1123



11703 Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262

(213) 567-8121



18135 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703

(562) 860-0044



301 South Willowbrook Ave.
Compton, CA 90220

(310) 605-5600


Crescenta Valley

4554 Briggs Ave.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

(818) 248-3464


East Los Angeles

5019 E. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022

(213) 264-4151



150 N. Hudson Ave.
Industry, CA 91744

(626) 330-3322



5130 N. Clark Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712

(562) 866-9061



501 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

(661) 948-8466



4331 Lennox Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90304

(310) 671-7531



26123 S. Narbonne
Lomita, CA 90717

(310) 539-1661


Malibu /
Lost Hills

27050 Agoura Road
Lost Hills, CA 91301

(818) 878-1808


Marina Del Rey

13851 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 823-7762


Metro Transit Services Bureau

One Gateway Plaza
(LASD Office)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 216-0491
(323) 563-5000



12335 Civic Center Drive
Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 863-8711



1020 E. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA 93550

(661) 267-4300


Pico Rivera

6631 S. Parsons Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

(562) 949-2421


San Dimas

122 N. San Dimas Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773

(909) 599-1261


Santa Clarita Valley

23740 Magic Mtn. Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91335

(661) 255-1121



8838 E. Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA 91780

(626) 285-7171


Walnut /
Diamond Bar

21695 E. Valley Blvd.
Walnut, CA 91789

(909) 595-2264


West Hollywood

720 N. San Vincente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 855-8850