The Reserve Unit provides supplementary manpower to the Department in the Field Operations and Detention Services Divisions. Reserve Officers have all the powers of full-time officers, but the their duties and responsibility are restricted by departmental policy.
Reserve Officers must meet the same requirements for employment as full-time officers. These requirements are:
- Must be at least 21 years of age, maximum age not exceeding 70 years.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. certificate.
- Must satisfactorily pass thorough background investigation conducted by the Department
- Must not have been convicted of a felony in any state and not have been convicted of any serious misdemeanor, other than minor traffic violations.
- Must pass physical and psychological examinations.
- Must be Certified by the North Carolina Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission.
- Must be accepted by the Sheriff for the program.
Reserve Officers are required to perform a minimum of sixteen hours of duty each month. Reserve Officers must work a minimum of four consecutive hours, and may not work more than twelve hours per shift. Duty assignments may be made by the Reserve Commander or his designee.