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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Lake County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputies. The Reserve Deputy Unit is comprised of members who give back to Lake County, through community service in the area of law enforcement. The unit assists other Lake County Sheriff’s Office divisions as well as municipal police departments in times of natural and man-made emergencies or disasters. The unit also provides traffic and crowd control, searches for missing persons, aid in crime scene evidence searches, DUI checkpoints, and participates in many other Lake County events.
According to Independent Sector, in 2015, the estimated value of volunteer time was $23.56 per hour. In 2015, the Reserve Deputy Unit provided over 18,500 hours of service to the residents of Lake County, saving taxpayers over $435,000.00.
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “The Reserve Deputy Unit provides tremendous value to the citizens of Lake County and is comprised of a dedicated team of men and women. We are looking for volunteers who reside in Lake County and have an interest in law enforcement. Come join our team!”
Undersheriff Ray Rose added, “This program is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about law enforcement while giving back to the community. If you’ve ever had any interest in joining, now is the time to apply!”
Interested candidates must be at least 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a high school graduate (or equivalent). Candidates must be of good moral character, have no criminal record and be in good general health. Most duties performed by a reserve deputy require standing for long periods of time. Illinois state law requires reserve deputies to be residents of the county they serve. Once recruited, reserve deputies must pass the Reserve Deputy Unit Recruit Basic Training Course (RBTC).
Applications are available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office located at 25 S Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, Waukegan, or at the Lake County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Website: www.reservedeputy.com. All applications are due by September 30, 2016.
For specific questions regarding the Reserve Deputy Unit, please contact Sergeant Thomas Struck at 847-377-7053.