Application and Selection Process
Recruitment for Reserve applicants is posted on the Marion County Job Openings page. Applications are first reviewed by Human Resources to ensure an applicant meets the minimum requirements to be a Reserve Deputy. Applicants are required to pass a written test, Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) , oral board examination, a psychological exam, a background investigation, a driver license record check, drug screening, and physical examination.
Applicants who successfully pass the selection process will attend the Mid Valley Reserve Training (MVRT) program, or similar training, which consists of over 300 hours of instruction and practical application in the Criminal Justice System, Motor Vehicle Law, Criminal Law and many other law enforcement related areas. Academy attendees are required to be sponsored by a law enforcement agency as an active reserve. The cost is $400 per student (includes ORS Criminal and Traffic Books and Classroom handouts and Class Polo Shirt). Ongoing training to be successfully completed, as required.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Reserve Academy held? Two weekday evenings and some Saturdays.
When are interviews held? Oral interviews will be held in the spring of each year.
Is the Reserve Program a Volunteer Program? Yes, it is generally a volunteer program. After graduation and commissioning, Reserve Deputies are required to devote 24 hours per month to the Reserve Division. Sixteen of these hours must be on regular patrol duty or community policing.
Do Reserves ever get paid for their work? Throughout the year, some opportunities are available where Reserve Deputies may be paid. However, the primary function of the Reserve Division is to assist as a volunteer.