The Reserve Division of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office is comprised of volunteers who have an interest in law enforcement and serving the people of Plaquemines Parish while maintaining a full-time job in other areas. The deputies come from many different careers and backgrounds and work together as a single unit. The Reserve Division assists the Patrol Division with supplemental manpower for special events, such as fairs and road races. The Reserve Division also assists the parish in times of emergency, such as hurricane evacuation.
Each reserve deputy is a graduate of a Certified Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy. Reserve deputies receive the same amount of training as a regular deputy and have the same arrest powers and responsibilities as full-time officers. Each reserve deputy is required to work a minimum of 24 hours per month to retain their commission, though deputies normally put in many more hours than are mandatory. The division provides service to the department that is valued at over $150,000 per year at very little expense to the sheriff. It was established in 1989 with 4 deputies. Over the years, the division has grown to 23 deputies.
As a subset of the Reserve Division, several deputies own and maintain horses that are used for the Mounted Division. This Mounted Division provides security at fairs, races, and Night Out Against Crime. A deputy, while mounted on horseback, is provided unique views of their surroundings.
If you are interested in becoming a member, you must be:
21 years of age
No criminal record
Clean driving record
Be POST certified, or be able to attend a POST academy with 1 year of your acceptance