Jaden Michael over at ‘So You Wanna Be A Cop’ has an excellent article on Reserve officers. The reserve division at our sheriff’s department includes many very experienced guys that work everything from detention (jail) to court security to cold case investigations. They are real LEO’s with full powers of arrest. No wanna be’s in our SO (Sheriff’s Office). Some of our reserves are former chiefs of police, captains, investigators, detectives, etc who retired but love LE and continue to give back to their communities with their volunteer service. And at our SO none of the reserves are paid. Nothing, nada, zip. They serve out of a personal sense of duty and love of their fellow man. Each department is different, but I feel very honored and privileged to work with these guys at our SO. And by the way, our reserves are required by state law to have the exact same training as full timers and are required to take monthly tests in Constitutional law, race relations, sexual harassment, working with folks with mental issues, etc, etc, etc, just in case you thought they weren’t qualified.