JSO Reserve Officer Program
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Reserve Officer Program is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers. Reserve officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work along side them in every aspect of Sheriff's Office operations. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office continuously seeks qualified community members who meet the high standards necessary to become a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Reserve Officer. Reserve Officers of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are generally not content to play a passive role in life. Instead, they continue to devote their time and talents to the City of Jacksonville. They 'get involved' for the betterment of their community while maintaining a membership with one of the most professional law enforcement agencies in the country. Come join our team and work the beat, participate in undercover stakeouts, be an observer in the helicopter, become a tactical medic on the SWAT team and work with the best!
What is a Reserve Officer?
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Reserve Officer is a person appointed by the Sheriff as a Reserve Officer who has met the training requirements prescribed by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for individuals who aid or assist a full-time or part-time law enforcement officer and who, while under the direct supervision of a full-time officer, has authority to arrest and perform law enforcement functions and, who has maintained the qualifications of firearms and certification training as required by the State of Florida and the policies of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
What Type of Training is Required?
A reserve officer will be commissioned only after completion of a training program which meets or exceeds the Florida Police Standards Commission minimum standards and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office requirements for reserve officers. Currently, the training program is approximately 350 hours and is provided free to all qualified applicants upon selection. Training classes are held at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Police Academy on selected weekday nights and on weekends to better accommodate the highly motivated community volunteers who have dedicated themselves to enforcing the laws of our community. Examples of academy training include:
• Firearms training
• Criminal law
• Traffic law
• Courtroom testimony
• Accident investigations
• First aid
• Self defense
• Report writing
• Police driving skills
• Human and public relations
What Equipment is Provided?
All uniforms and equipment are provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
What are the requirements to become a Reserve Officer?
• Must be twenty-one (21) years of age
• Must be a citizen of the United States
• Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
• Must not have received a dishonorable or undesirable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
• Must be in good physical condition and pass the physical fitness and agility program which includes a physical abilities test
• Possess a valid Florida drivers license
• Be of good moral character; no felony arrest(s) or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, perjury or false statements and must not have been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence
• Must pass a medical examination as required by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
• Must pass psychological screening program
• Must pass FBAT exam
• Must undergo a background investigation including polygraph examination
• Will be tested for controlled substances prior to employment and may be tested for controlled substances during employment in this classification
• Must complete our hiring process
If I become a reserve officer, what is my commitment?
Reserve officers must volunteer 60 working hours a quarter. Reserve officers will be credited with ALL work performed on behalf of the Sheriff's Office. Examples of credited time are as follows:
• Attending mandatory monthly meetings
• Patrol ride-a-longs
• Aviation observer ride-a-longs
• On-view activity
• Special events
• In-service training
• Firearm re-qualification
How do I become a reserve officer?
If you have what it takes to be a proud member of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit and want to be an influence in YOUR community, please contact any police recruiter at 713-4870.