The Lake County Reserve Deputy Unit is a dedicated group of volunteers that augment the Lake County Sheriff's Office in times of emergency. The unit assists local government and charitable organizations with traffic and crowd control. The unit also assists with crime searches throughout the county.

What We Do

What IS a Reserve Deputy?
Today, the Lake County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Unit is comprised of 50 sworn Reserve Deputies whose contribution to community service is in the area of law enforcement. Reserve Deputies come from all walks of life; office workers, attorneys, pilots, IT professionals, truck drivers, factory workers and retirees, to name a few.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Unit is on-call 24 hours a day for activation when emergency resources are required for situations including flash floods, traffic accidents, evidence searches, crowd control and missing persons. They also assist local communities with traffic details, vehicle escorts and support village festivals and the Lake County Fair.

Join the Unit

Looking for a challenging, yet meaningful way to volunteer
and give back to your community?

New recruits for the Lake County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Unit Recruit Basic Training Course (RBTC) must be at least 21 years old, a US Citizen and a high school graduate (or equivalent). Candidates must be of good moral character and have no criminal record as well as being in good general health.

Almost all duties performed require a Reserve Deputy to stand for long periods of time. Illinois State Law require that Reserve Deputies must be a resident of the county they serve.