Scotts Bluff County - Sheriff's Office

Reserve Deputy Program

308 436-6667 - Chief Deputy Troy Brown, Reserve Coordinator

History:
The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office established a Reserve Deputy Program in March of 1976. Volunteers from the community were recruited to serve without pay as Reserve Officers. The first Reserve deputies were certified by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center. The program has been in effect without interruption since that time and continues to be an important part of the Sheriff's Office and an asset to the citizens of Scotts Bluff County.

Purpose:
To establish a Reserve group of law enforcement officers that can assist the Sheriff's Office in fulfilling its obligations under the law and in accomplishing the mission of the office of the Sheriff.

  • To assist in providing the best possible law enforcement service to the citizens of Scotts Bluff County in the most efficient manner possible.
  • To promote communications and understanding between law enforcement officers and the citizens of the county. To provide a partnership between citizens and law enforcement with a common goal of preserving the peace and providing for the welfare of the citizens of Scotts Bluff County.

Function:
Reserve Deputies work closely with full-time staff to fulfill law enforcement functions. They often work with other local, state and federal agencies. When fully certified and assigned to duty, Reserves possess all the authority of a full-time Deputy Sheriff and are subject to the laws and regulations applicable tolaw enforcement officers. Reserves routinely assist with coverage at special events such as the County Fair, Oregon Trail Days and Kidz Explore. They have assisted with SWAT and WING Task Force operations, and selective enforcement operations.

Serving as a Reserve is often a catalyst for a career in law enforcement. Four Scotts Bluff County Deputies (including a Lieutenant) previously served in the Reserves. Many Reserve alumni are now working as law enforcement officers for various agencies.

Qualifications:
Reserve Deputies must meet the qualifications established by the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Title 79. Chapter 8 (004.10A) General requirements are:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Cannot have been convicted of a felony or have a criminal or mental health record.
  • Must be able to qualify for a firearms purchase permit.
  • Must have a 12th grade education or a GED and be able to pass a TABE Test.
  • Must have employer's permission to participate.
  • Must pass a background investigation.

Eligibility:
The entry requirements for membership in the Reserve shall be the same as those required for a Deputy Sheriff by the Merit commission. Reserve Deputy applicants must be willing to volunteer their time without expectation of material gain or reward for donated time. Their conduct is governed by state statute, and the policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.

Application:
Applications can be obtained at the Sheriff's Office, 1825 10th Street, Gering, Nebraska 69341, (308) 436-6667.

Medical Coverage:
By statute, Reserves are paid one dollar per year by Scotts Bluff County. Each Reserve is covered by the County Workers Compensation Plan.

Equipment:
Reserve Deputies wear the same uniform and equipment as a full-time Deputy Sheriff. Reserves must provide their own uniform and equipment (including duty pistol) which must meet the statutory standards of the Sheriff's Office. The estimated cost for equipment is $1000 to $1500.

Training:
Within the first year of membership, the Reserve must complete the mandatory training requirements established by the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center and those specified in the Reserve by-laws. This includes defensive tactics, CPR, first aid, and firearms. Training includes two weekends at the training center in Grand Island, and an online study program. Attendance at monthly Reserve meetings is required. Thereafter, all remaining training (emergency vehicle operation, haz-mat, etc) required by the Reserve by-laws will be completed within a reasonable time. Reserves are encouraged to take advantage of non-mandatory training as it is offered. Reserves are generally offered the same training opportunities as full-time Deputies.

Hours Required:
Reserves are required to attend the monthly Reserve meetings. Once the Reserve is fully certified, a minimum of eight hours of duty time is recommended per month. By law, a Reserve cannot exceed 100 hours of duty time per year. Any time in excess of 100 hours must be for the purpose of training.

Updated: 2014.01.28 - 16:00 MDT