The Collin County Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit was
formed in 1975 with 4 deputies. Since inception, the Reserve Unit has
given over 240,000 man-hours of service to the citizens of Collin County
without any cost to the taxpayers. In perspective, 17,000 hours roughly
equals the work of 8 full-time budgeted deputies.
The reserve deputies volunteer their time to
enforce the laws and serve the people of Collin County while holding
down other full-time jobs. Reserve deputies are fully licensed peace
officers. We strive to make the only difference in reserve deputies
and regular deputies is that reserve deputies are not paid.
Reserve deputies function as a support unit for
the Sheriff's Office providing manpower for the field operations
division. Other activities include security for special events throughout
the county as requested by the Sheriff. Qualified applicants who
are either licensed Peace Officers or willing to become licensed
at their own expense are sought continually.
Basic requirements for membership in the unit:
- Must live or work in Collin County or have a very good reason to volunteer
in Collin County
- TCLEOSE licensed as a basic peace officer
- have a high school diploma or GED
- have a good driving record
- have no criminal record
There are two levels of Reserve Deputy, Senior and non-Senior.
A non-Senior is a Deputy in training and must work with a Senior Reserve
or Full-Time Deputy. A Senior Reserve is considered to be the same as
a Full-Time Deputy, except pay.
Reserve deputies must commit to working a minimum of 16 hours per month.
Senior deputies commit to 24 hours per month. Some even contribute up
to 100 hours per month.
Extensive testing before an individual is admitted to
the group includes a physical agility test, physical, psychological, drug,
polygraph, and background investigation. After a prospective applicant
is approved for membership by the reserve unit leaders and Field Operations
Major, Sheriff Box has the final decision.
The basic peace officer course is available through
the Collin County Community College Law Enforcement Academy.
It is required that a Peace Officer license be obtained before joining
the Reserve Unit. Individuals in the academy may make application to the
unit before graduation but will not be granted admittance until a license
The reasons why reserve deputies donate their time and effort to the
citizens of Collin County are varied. Most say that they want to contribute
something back to the community in which they live or work. Others feel
that the satisfaction and tremendous sense of accomplishment they realize
from doing even the smallest job to help someone in the county far outweighs
The Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Collin County are very fortunate
to have such dedicated, civic-minded and professional officers whose only
goal is to help the Sheriff's Office achieve a high quality of community
service through law enforcement.
Anyone interested in joining the Reserve Unit should
email Major Mark Sanderson
at the Collin County Sheriff's Office or call Metro 972-424-4797 or Local