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Volunteer - Reserve Deputy

Company: Larimer County
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

Salary $0.00 Hourly Location FC 2501 Midpoint, CO Job Type Internship/Volunteer Department Sheriff's Office Job Number 202100143 Overview The Larimer County Sheriff's Office is seeking talented men and women to join our team as Volunteer Reserve Patrol Deputies. Sheriff Justin Smith encourages forward-thinking, servant leadership, and a sense of family among all sheriff's office members. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Sheriff's Office is an agency of almost 390 family-oriented employees, dealing with a range of responsibilities including support services, patrol, jail, wildland fire, search and rescue, and investigation duties. If you have a desire to serve your community and want to work alongside others with the same mindset, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office is a great place to call home. Reserve Deputies provide law-enforcement support under the direct supervision of a Sheriff's Office employee. A Colorado POST Reserve Academy and on-the-job field training are provided by the Sheriff's Office for qualified candidates
Click here to view the Larimer County Sheriff's Reserve Website. to view the complete job description for a Volunteer Reserve Patrol Deputy.


  • Participating in patrol assignments
  • Providing security and traffic control for special events
  • Emergency call-outs
  • Assisting in agency internal training
  • Providing assistance to departments throughout the agency
    • Effects arrests, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons; and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
    • Prepares investigative and other reports, sketches, and drawings, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
    • Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
    • Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds more than posted limits, in congested traffic, and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow. Spends long period in and frequently enters and exits a law enforcement vehicle, which requires sitting, bending, and stretching.
    • Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
    • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
    • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces; and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
    • From a variety of body positions, loads, unloads, aims, and fires handguns, shotguns, rifles, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
    • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people, and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
    • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
    • Engages in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
    • Effectively communicates with people by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
    • Demonstrates communication skills in court and other formal settings.
    • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
    • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in antagonistic environments.
    • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time; administering emergency medical aid; lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations; and securing and evacuating people from areas.
    • Processes and transports prisoners using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
    • Puts on and operates a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
    • Extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
    • Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
    • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of offenders.
    • Assists in county search and rescue operations.
    • When a local declaration of emergency or disaster is declared by the Board of Commissioners, all Larimer County employees may be required to work as a Disaster Service Worker.
    • Performs other duties as appropriate or necessary for the performance of the job.
      • General office practices and procedures.
      • Routine software and business application including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
      • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
      • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies and standard operating procedures.
      • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
      • Regular, predictable attendance.
      • Knowledge of basic principles and procedures in law enforcement.
      • Knowledge of a variety of major and minor provisions in criminal and civil law procedures.
      • Knowledge of statutory law and constitutional law.
      • Knowledge of a variety of techniques used in law enforcement in patrol, investigation, and crime prevention.
      • Knowledge of and ability to operate and care for
      • Knowledge of first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques.
      • Ability to observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
      • Ability to think and act quickly in emergencies.
      • Ability to judge situations and people accurately.
      • Ability to learn, understand, and interpret laws and regulations, especially Colorado Revised Statutes.
      • Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing and via various forms of electronic media.
      • Ability to use office automation systems, including basic proficiency with computer applications such as e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and database look-up and/or entry.
      • Ability to prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports.
      • Ability to learn standard broadcasting procedures of a radio system.
      • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative work relationships.
      • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directives.
      • Ability to carry out a variety of assignments independently using sound judgment.
      • Ability to perform numerous duties in accordance with the policies and regulations of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
        Successful applicants will be required to meet all of the following qualifications prior to hire:
        • An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. Successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.
        • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
        • Pass Pre-employment Questionnaire
        • Pass oral board interview
        • Pass in-depth background investigation, including criminal history and financial status.
        • Pass polygraph exam
        • Pass psychological assessment and medical exam, including drug testing
        • Current first aid and community CPR certificates required by date of hire
        • Cannot have a felony conviction
        • No convictions involving Domestic Violence
        • No use of illegal drugs within the past five years
          Supplemental Information Additional Information

          Applications are accepted throughout the year and hiring occurs annually in the fall/winter period. The hiring process takes approximately four months. Applicants are required to pass a written test as the first step in the hiring process. If successful, Reserve Deputy candidates are required to complete a Physical Fitness test, Oral Board Interview, Background Investigation, Polygraph Examination, and written Psychological Test.

          Successful candidates attend the POST Reserve Academy sponsored by the Sheriff's Office. The Academy is a 257-hour program that provides classroom instruction and basic skills training in firearms, driving, and arrest control techniques. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends for approximately three months.

          The POST Reserve Academy is not a substitute for a full-time Peace Officer POST Academy. If individuals are interested in pursuing a full-time career in law enforcement, they must graduate from a full-time POST Academy. The Larimer County Reserve Academy generally begins in January of each year.

          Time Commitment

          The time commitment of an LCSO Reserve Deputy can have an impact on your life and family. The program requires volunteers to participate in a minimum of 20 hours per month of patrol ride-along (two 10-hour shifts); a minimum of three hours of monthly meetings and training, and completion of various administrative tasks such as reading email messages and completing monthly timesheets. Reserves are also expected to be available by pager for emergency call-outs and special assignments.

          In addition, the Reserves participate in 40 hours of annual re-certification training. This typically occurs in April/May and involves two weekends and the evenings between them.

          As required by expiration, all Reserves must keep their CPR and First Aid certifications current.Like full-time deputies, all Reserves must pass a periodic firearms qualification. Various times and dates each quarter are available for qualifications. Usually, a day is scheduled just for Reserves. CategoryPolice and Sheriff's Patrol OfficersJob typeFull time

Keywords: Larimer County, Fort Collins , Volunteer - Reserve Deputy, Other , Fort Collins, Colorado

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