Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

Reserves

Volunteer reserves provide valuable help

Dedicated men and women wanting to serve the community have a great opportunity with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. 

Reserve Officers are authorized by the Sheriff to enforce the law. Reserve officers complete a 40 hour Basic Academy here in Elkhart County before moving into the field. Officers continue to receive training throughout their career with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department. 

Our reserves have earned  Presidential Service Awards  and saved taxpayers more than $300,000 annually by assisting our patrol division with staffing at critical times. The dedicated members of this unit receive professional training and authority from the sheriff to enforce laws and help people in need.

To learn more about joining this unique and important group, contact Chief Micah Hicks

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department strongly supports equal employment opportunity laws. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, gender, race, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Please note: Reserves are not required to reside in Elkhart County to volunteer with our department.

Requirements for volunteer reserves 

  • At least 21 years of age
  • U.S. citizen of good character 
  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Valid driver's license

Tests and interviews 

  • Test of educational skills
  • In-person interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Drug screen
  • Financial assessment
  • Character assessment