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Find out how to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff or how to join the Sheriff's Citizens Patrol.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Reserve program is composed of volunteer law enforcement officers who supplement the paid deputy positions throughout the Sheriff’s Office. A Reserve Deputy Sheriff is a sworn officer with the same authority and responsibilities of any paid deputy, including completing the same mandatory training each year. The primary function of the Reserves program is to assist in manpower when and where needed throughout the agency and at special events. Reserve Deputies must volunteer for 60 hours every quarter (an average of 20 hours per month) to retain their Reserve Deputy status.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs
Minimum Requirements

Every Justice Officer employed or certified in North Carolina shall:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate, or the equivalent (GED)
  • Be fingerprinted (Provided by FCSO)
  • Have a medical examination by a licensed physician (Provided by FCSO)
  • Produce a negative result on a drug screen (Provided by FCSO)
  • Not have previously committed or convicted of a felony
  • Not have committed or convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor within the last 5 years
  • Not have committed or convicted of any combination of 4 or more misdemeanors in a lifetime

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office does not discriminate on basis of sex, pregnancy, race, color, religion, nation of origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability unless a bonafide occupational qualification exists.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs
Application Process

The Reserves Program is a sworn position. As a result, applicants must complete a state sanctioned course in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) prior to applying. Applicants are also required to successfully complete pre-hire physical fitness and POPAT assessment.

  • BLET Certification
  • Physical Fitness Test (PFT): Deputy Sheriff POPAT (Guide and Instructions)
  • Standardized Test (Administered on the day of PFT)
  • F3 and Biographical Assessment
  • Thorough Background Investigation and verification of Criminal Records
  • Credit Check
  • Interview(s)
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Drug Test
  • Medical / Psychological / Cognitive Skills Examinations (Administered by FMRT)

Note: All applicants should read the Physical Fitness Test Guide and Instructions in its entirety. A waiver and release must be signed prior to testing. See Waiver and Release.

If you are interested in the Reserves Program, please contact: FCSO Human Resources: 336-917-7008 or jobs@fcso.us.

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"Because of men and women like you who have made the agency what it is today, we are building on that foundation. Thank you for what you've given and thank you for being here!"
- Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.

Sheriff's Citizens Patrol

The Sheriff's Citizens Patrol is composed of specially trained volunteers who enhance the services offered by the FCSO to the community. Founded in January 2005, members of the Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol are a valuable resource to the agency, assisting with everything from special events to crime prevention programs. Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol members volunteer a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Minimum Requirements

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Forsyth County
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Pass a background check
  • Be fingerprinted (Provided by FCSO)

Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol members are required to complete 40 hours of comprehensive training to become official volunteers with the agency. Training topics include:

  • Structure/Function of the Sheriff's Office
  • Courts Overview
  • Community Patrols
  • Communications
  • Crime Prevention
  • Victim Assistance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Civil Processes
  • Driving Techniques
  • School Resource Program
  • K9 Unit
  • Fingerprinting
  • Harassment in the Workplace
  • Detention Center

If you are interested in volunteering with the Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol, contact the Community Outreach Unit at 336-917-7010 or crimeprevention@fcso.us.

Application Process

The application process to become a formal volunteer generally takes 8 to 12 weeks to complete. The application process will end upon failure of any step in the process and/or the discovery of unacceptable information.

  • Qualifications Review
  • Interview(s)
  • F3 and Biographical Assessment
  • Thorough Background Investigation and verification of Criminal Records
  • Credit Check
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Drug Test

College Internship

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office College Internship program is designed to focus on the many aspects of law enforcement work and broaden the intern's perspective of the Sheriff's Office. Current college students interested in a law enforcement related career will gain valuable experience and knowledge by observing professional Deputies while they perform their law enforcement duties.

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Community Involvement

Interested in a job
or inviting FCSO to a job fair?

Phone: 336-917-7008
Email: jobs@fcso.us

Interested in FCSO attending
a community event?

Phone: 336-917-7010
Email: communityoutreach@fcso.us


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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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