More than 25 individuals make up the ranks of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Reserves. The program, which began in 1985, offers community-minded men and women an opportunity to volunteer as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Selected individuals undergo 11 weeks of law enforcement training. Upon successful completion, individuals become certified law enforcement officers. Deputies volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a month, and complete monthly in-service training.
In addition to patrol duties, Reserve Deputy Sheriffs throughout the year provide security and traffic control at community events, including the Aiken Trials and Western Carolina State Fair.
The agency periodically conducts training. In order to be eligible for the program, interested individuals must meet the following minimum requirements:
• High school diploma or general equivalency diploma
• U.S. citizen
• Resident of Aiken County
• Birth certificate
• No criminal history
• Good credit rating
• Good driving record/provide 10-year certified copy
• Pre-employment drug screen and physical
• Good moral character