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Sheriff's Reserve Program
Who We Are

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Unit is a professional, all volunteer, non-profit organization made up of people from many different walks of life throughout our community. The Reserve Unit has been an integral part of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office for over 50 years. The units primary mission is to assist the Sheriff's Office in routine duties such as patrol work, community oriented policing, disaster response, logistical support, and search and rescue missions. 
Deputy Jordan Spencer

312 SW 1st Ave
Kelso, WA  98626

Ph: 360-577-3092 
Duties & Responsibilities

Reserve Deputies participate in routine patrol with full time deputies, monthly refresher training in areas ranging from firearms, defensive tactics, and criminal law to Taser, use of force, and enforcement action. The unit also supports the Sheriff's Office in times of need such as natural disasters, special investigations, and search and rescue missions. The Reserve Unit will also participate in all other duties as prescribed by the Sheriff.

Community Support

The Reserves support the community in several different ways. They participate in security details for the Cowlitz County Fair, school dances, and other community events. Being a Sheriff Reserve is a unique service to the community that works closely with Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to help build strong relations within our community.

Application Process

Applications for the Sheriff's Reserve program can be picked up at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office from January to October each year. In order to apply and become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, applicants must:
    -Be at least 21 years of age
    -Have a valid driver's license
    -High school diploma or GED
    -Pass a basic physical agility test
    -Pass a written general knowledge test
    -Pass an in-depth background investigation
    -Pass a CVSA exam (polygraph)
    -Complete the Washington State Reserve Academy

Washington State Reserve Academy

The Washington State Reserve Academy is a state certified training program sponsored by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Program participates in the Reserve Academy in Vancouver, WA near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The Academy is hosted by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Once selected as a Cowlitz County Reserve Deputy, you will attend the Basic Reserve Academy in Clark County beginning in January. The academy runs January to June, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm-9pm and most Saturdays from 8am-5pm. Tuesday and Thursday night trainings are classroom based where applicants will receive training on criminal law, criminal procedures, and enforcement, while Saturday classes are geared towards hands-on training such as Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Pursuit Driving, and Mock Scenes.

Upon graduating the 250-hour Basic Reserve Academy, you will begin as an active member of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit.

For more information on the Basic Reserve Academy, click here.

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