Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office Reserve
"Protecting, Serving and Saving" With Virginia's Largest
Volunteer Reserve Division
“It is the Reserve Division’s unselfish commitment to this
community that enables my office to contribute so many valued services at
little to no cost to the tax
“Valued-Services Provided by Our Dedicated
The Albemarle County Sheriff's Office is seeking
enthusiastic citizen volunteers to serve the community in an interesting
and rewarding role as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. The Reserve Division is
made up of sixty dedicated volunteers that have met the same basic hiring
requirements as full time officers. They pay for their own uniforms and
firearm. After extensive state certified training they are sworn in and
provide back up support for all Sheriff Office functions.
Reserve Division provides law enforcement back up and support for all
Albemarle County Sheriff's Office functions, including community support
activities. This includes court security, going on extraditions, and
directly overseeing most of our community programs. Sheriff Harding tries
to keep this volunteer division at 60 officers. These trained and sworn
deputies contribute time to courtroom security each month and they assist
in overseeing/staffing a number of initiatives including the Search and
Rescue Unit, Project Lifesaver (provides locator bracelets to children
with autism and seniors with Alzheimer’s), Internet Crimes Against
Children Task Force (ICAC), and Senior TRIAD (crime prevention/safety
initiatives for seniors). In addition to the traditional law enforcement
support, the Reserve Division assists the local Game Wardens, provides
security at charitable events and support in disaster relief. Our deputies
are also trained to respond to acts of terrorism.
In 2008 over 700 hours were contributed in the search for Earl Funk
on Cedar Mountain.
In September 2003 during hurricane Isabel, the Reserve Division
provided over 260 man-hours assisting the residents of our community.
During the four-day period, these volunteers delivered food and water to
stranded families, provided security at emergency evacuation centers and
manned the hurricane emergency call center.
The Sheriff and the Reserves assist Scottsville and Crozet with
their fourth of July Parades providing traffic control at no charge
The Reserve Division not only provides a much-needed service to
our community, but also saves the taxpayers of Albemarle County over
$600,000 annually in the process.
The Reserve Division
A volunteer organization of dedicated and trained citizens who
support and assist the operations and duties of the Sheriff's
An opportunity to be trained for and to engage in law enforcement on
a professional basis.
An opportunity to serve your community by assisting in providing
needed and important law enforcement services.
An opportunity to consider law enforcement work as a career.
An opportunity for those persons who are interested in law
enforcement work but not as a career.
To learn more about any of our programs, join the Reserves or become
a non-sworn volunteer assisting directly with a program visit our web
site, send me an e-mail or give me a call. Our programs are funded
through private contributions and your financial assistance is welcome.
Please Contact Sheriff “Chip” Harding
To invigorate your spirit of adventure or obtain additional
information about this opportunity, please contact the Sheriff’s Office
through the “Contact Us” section of this
What Reserve Deputies do
Reserve Deputy Requirements
Court security assistance
Prisoner transportation assistance
Official presence at special events
Child identification program technician
Crime prevention and community relations support
Administrative and support functions as needed
Crowd control assistance
Search and Rescue
Senior TRIAD Safety Initiatives
ICAC Task Force
At least 21 years of age
Meet the same standards as if applying for a full-time paid deputy