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The Boone County Sheriff’s office Reserve Division shall enforce the laws of the State of Indiana, safeguard life and property, prevent and detect crime, preserve the peace, protect the rights of all citizens and strive to enhance the quality of life in our community. We will uphold the public trust by being honest and maintaining the highest standards of ethical and moral character. We will treat every citizen and visitor with fairness, integrity, respect, and compassion, without discrimination of any kind.

Reserve Responsibilities

A)    Reserves shall have all the powers and duties of regular members of the Sheriff’s office.  Reserve Deputies serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff and shall be subject to discharge without a hearing. 

B)    The Boone County Sheriff’s office Reserve Division has been serving Boone County, Indiana since 1979.  It is comprised of volunteers who are sworn Deputies empowered by the Sheriff of Boone County. 

C)    The reserve command staff consists of a Commander and Squad Leaders responsible for the coordination of events, discipline, training schedule, hours monitoring, scheduling of vehicle maintenance/repairs, and any other request of the reserve division. 

D)    A class “A” Reserve Deputy has completed an Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Certified Academy and is qualified to perform solo patrol duties, having full law enforcement authority.  These deputies are typically assigned to the patrol division; however, deputies possessing special skills may be assigned to other areas.  Road-qualified reserves will also provide court security, work security/traffic at special events, and perform other special assignments as designated by the Sheriff. 

E)     A Class “B” Reserve Deputy has completed required training, having full law enforcement authority and serve as authorized by the Sheriff.  They will at times transport prisoners to/from the jail and courthouse. 

THANK YOU for your interest in becoming part of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division.

Reserve Qualifications

A successful candidate for Reserve Deputy must:

1)      be a citizen of the United States;

2)      be at least 21 years of age;

3)      have a high school diploma or G.E.D.;

4)      be in sound physical and mental health;

5)      be a resident of Boone County, Indiana or a contiguous county;

6)      have eyesight correctable to 20/20;

7)      not have been convicted of any Felony, Battery misdemeanor or Domestic Violence conviction;

8)      pass a written entry-level examination;

9)      pass physical examination / agility testing;

10)  submit to drug screening, psychological testing, and a Polygraph (as needed);

11)  possess a valid driver’s license from the State of Indiana;

12)  submit to being fingerprinted;

13)  submit to a character and background investigation, which includes but is not limited to:

    • your credit rating
    • your previous and current employment
    • your driving record
    • any criminal records
    • interviews conducted with family members and/or friends

14)  appear for an oral interview held by Reserve Board members;

15)  Not be employed in the security field;

16)  pass an Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board Accredited Academy course held at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office or other location as required over a period of several months;

17)  successfully complete post-academy field training;

18)  work a minimum number of hours each month as determined by the Reserve Command structure to keep an active status and be available for special events as needed;

19)  purchase your own equipment other than what is provided by the Sheriff’s office; and

20)  NOT be a Corrections Officer at the BCSO.


Additional Criteria and Expectations

1)      There will be an extensive review of all applications

2)      Once an individual has been selected to proceed to the next step in the process, they will be required to complete any and/or all of the following:

      • Additional background checks
      • Home interview
      • Physical/agility testing
      • Written test
      • Psych/Polygraph
      • Interview in front of the Reserve Board
      • Any other activity that is warranted for the process

3)      If hosted at the Boone County Jail, once started, academy classes will be held 2 nights per week from 6-10 pm with some Saturday classes.  This academy will run for approximately 10 months.  If hosted in Brownsburg, classes are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; however, the number of months may be reduced because of more frequent Saturday classes.

4)      Post-graduation training, though not defined in this document, will include additional ride time and instruction over a projected period of approximately 12 months. (section “a” is subject to change, depending on training criteria changes).

5)      Ride time and one-on-one instruction will occur over a projected period of approximately 12 months.  During this training you will be required to work a minimum of 32 hours per month.  You may also choose to train 24 hrs. per month for 16 months.  Both equal out to 384 hrs of additional training.  Upon satisfactory completion of this training, you will be authorized to work as a solo patrol unit within Boone County.

6)      Each individual must provide/purchase their own firearm. The Sheriff Office supplies all required equipment such as uniform items, name tag, taser, I.D., badge, collar brass, portable radio, protective vest, supplemental insurance though this list is not all inclusive. No person in the academy is authorized to wear any item indicating that they are Law Enforcement personnel as you are not an employee of the BSCO until given a conditional offer by the Sheriff and have completed required training.

7)      You will be required to participate in area events such as festivals, 4-H fair, etc. during your time in the academy and training.  You will not be authorized to either have an I.D. or wear a Sheriff’s office uniform until after you have been sworn in by the Sheriff.

8)      Reserve Deputies are unpaid volunteers serving under and at the will of the Sheriff of Boone County while completing the same duties as full-time Merit Deputies.

9)      This document is not meant to be all inclusive, but should be referenced as a guideline of what to expect and to let you know that this is an extended process, even beyond academy graduation (approximately 2 years)

10)  In considering whether to complete and return your application, consider that the duties expected of you will be no less than that of full-time Deputies.  The risk to yourself is the same; it is very real and should not be taken lightly.  Hopefully this helps you decided whether to apply and offers some information about what to expect.  Best wishes to you and your family, no matter your decision.  Applications for Reserve Deputy are accepted ONLY when a Reserve Deputy hiring process is underway.  Please keep an eye on the employment tab as well as our Facebook page for future Reserve Deputy hiring processes.

Citizen Community Service Volunteers

Community Service Volunteer is a designation for civilian personnel involved in the reserve program who are not commissioned deputies and have attended BCSO Citizen’s Academy. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, traffic control at the 4-H fair, festivals, parades, symphony, booth duty, and bike runs that occur throughout the year.  Additionally, they can assist with maintaining the sex offender registry and address verification, school functions, crime watch, natural disasters, and any other duties as assigned by the Sheriff.

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Mon-Fri  8am-4pm


1905 Indianapolis Ave

Lebanon, IN 46052



Phone: 765-482-1412

Fax: 765-483-4465

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