Reserve Deputy Program

About the Program

The objective of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program is to augment and support Chisago County sheriff’s deputies in their performance and duties to enhance public protection and service while garnering citizen support and involvement.

Potential Candidates

A Reserve Deputy is a civilian who is offered unique opportunities for both volunteer service or preparing for policing as a profession. If you or someone you know is considering a career in law enforcement, this combination of training and experience can be invaluable in achieving those goals. If you are established in another career with no plans to become a police officer, you will receive the satisfaction of positively contributing to the safety and security of the Chisago County community.


The reserve deputy provides sworn deputies resources to augment and support the sheriff’s office and the Chisago County community. The program supplements regular officers on patrol and helps with major community events. Reserve deputies are also subject to call out during emergencies or in the aftermath of a major crime. 

Status and Hours

Reserve deputies are volunteers who receive no monetary compensation for their service. In order to maintain their active reserve status, a Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy must volunteer service for a minimum of 16 special events per year as well as consistent service by providing patrol and attending training.

The reserve deputies epitomize the service ethic and give many hours to the community each year. Experienced reserve deputies, who complete the Reserve Training Program, are permitted to patrol solo while supporting the sheriff’s office mission and providing more resources to combat crime.


The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office provides Reserve Deputies with most of their equipment and all the required training at no charge. Reserve deputies receive a range of ongoing training including crime scene preservation, dealing with stressful situations, defensive situations, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, legal updates, search and seizure, traffic control, and use of force.

The following minimum qualifications must be met for consideration:

  • Reside in Chisago County
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

Helpful Information

  • We are not accepting applications at this time for the Chisago County Reserve Deputy Program.
  • NOTE: Once an application window has closed the assessment process will begin. Candidate interview will then be conducted. Those who pass the selection process and applicable background check will then complete the 10 week Reserve Deputy Academy. The Academy meets 4 to 5 hours once a week.

Email Sergeant Kyle Puelston that oversees the Reserve Deputy Program or call at 651-213-6317.

We welcome you to be a part of our challenging and rewarding reserve program and make a difference!