Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Reserve Forces Bureau

A Tradition of Service since 1850










What is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff?

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are utilized to supplement the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's law enforcement manpower.  Like the Full-time Deputies, Reserve Deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel.  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.


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

Every Sheriff's station 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: