The Harrison County Sheriff's Department Reserve Division has been serving the community of Harrison County, Indiana since 1983. It is comprised of volunteers who are sworn officers empowered by the Sheriff of Harrison County to help preserve law and order in the county.The Reserve Division consists of (1) Captain, and (1) Lieutenant. A Reserve Deputy is qualified to perform patrol duties, having full law enforcement authority. The division is authorized to have up to 20 Reserve Deputies. Reserves are road qualified to work court security, security/traffic at special events, e.g., parades, charity runs, and dignitary visits, etc., provide literature and information to citizens at the County Fair or other special assignments as designated by the Sheriff.
To be a Reserve Deputy an individual must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid Indiana driver's license, no criminal record (minor traffic violations are exempt), and be a resident of Harrison County or surrounding counties. Candidates must pass a background investigation consisting of criminal, credit, and character evaluations as well as pass a psychological and medical exam, drug testing, physical fitness assessment, and a staff interview.
Reserve Deputies will then begin a field training program consisting of working a minimum of 16 hours a month under the supervision of a senior officer. The officer will also have to complete a 40 hour pre-basic training course. After certification by the senior officer, Division Commander, and the Sheriff, the Reserve Officer is considered an event ready officer. The Reserve Division has a mandatory meeting on the 1st Sunday of every month. The meeting starts at 6 pm, goes for approximately 2 hours, and covers state mandated training. All officers must be able to attend these meetings.
While the investment in time and effort on the part of a Reserve Officer is great, the benefits gained in self-image, enhanced ability to deal with diverse people and situations, and increased awareness of community are well worth the sacrifice. The Harrison County Reserve Division is invaluable to the operation of the Sheriff's Office. The officers provide extra manpower when needed, assist on special details, and enhance the ability of the Sheriff's Office to provide the best service possible to the citizens of Harrison County. We are very proud of our actions and the contribution that we give to the community.