Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputies

Reserves Patrol Car

Reserve Deputies

The Sheriff’s Office has a Reserve Bureau of fully trained Deputies.  By day, they work in their respective careers.  In their off-hours, they put on the Sheriff’s Office uniform and patrol the streets and perform other public safety duties for the community. 



The Reserve Bureau was created in 1965 through the vision of former Shelby County Sheriff William N. Morris, Jr. Since then, hundreds of citizens have been part of the Reserve Deputy Program.

Reserve Deputies serve in several bureaus at various times based on their availability. The Officers receive the same training as full-time Deputies. Besides attending classroom courses, Reserve Deputies must meet rigorous physical agility standards, be proficient in the use of firearms, and take 40 hours of specialized training each year.

Reserves at Roundup

Reserve Deputies Assist in the round up of Child Support Fugitives


Interested in Becoming a Reserve Officer?

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is looking for qualified men and women who want to serve the community ranging from regular patrol shifts to providing security at special events.

Minimum Qualifications of a Reserve Deputy

  • Must have graduated from an accredited high school or GED at the time of application
  • Be at least 21 years-old at the time training begins
  • Pass a written, a physical, and drug test
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, or a permanent legal resident of the United States who is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces pursuant to §38-8-105(d)
  • Service Requirements: 24 hours/month

Recruit Training

A minimum of 500 hours, consisting of three (3) evenings a week from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and eight (8) hours on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a period of approximately 6 months.

Are there any costs involved?  No

  • Initial uniforms provided
  • Equipment and gear provided
  • Yearly uniform allowance

Click on the links to print a Reserves Applicantion sheet and the Background Packet.

Please mail all applications to the Reserve Division, 989 Dovecrest, Memphis, TN 38134.
To order an application by phone call: (901) 222-5875


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Mailing Address:
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989 Dovecrest
Memphis, TN 38134
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