What We Do
Today, the Lake County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Unit is a dedicated group of 50 sworn Reserve Deputies whose contribution to community service is in the area of law enforcement.
The Reserve Deputy Unit augments the Sheriff's Department in times of natural and man-made emergencies. The unit works directly under the direction of the Highway Patrol Division and assists all of the divisions of the Sheriff's Office, including Municipal Police Departments.
The unit provides traffic and crowd control, searches for missing persons, and participates in crime scene evidence searches. The unit also assists local municipal police departments and charitable organizations in Lake County. This enables full-time Sheriff Deputies and Police Officers to concentrate on patrolling and crime prevention while still providing a high level of law enforcement.
Some of the regularly scheduled events the Reserve Deputy Unit participates in include: The Lake County Fair, Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, Libertyville Days, the Lake County Marathon, and other assorted festivals and holiday celebrations. The unit is also called-out for assistance for snow storms, tornadoes, floods, major fires, and traffic accidents. The unit is also instrumental in evidence searches on high profile criminal cases and has assisted in numerous searches for lost children and elderly individuals.
In the past several years, the Reserve Deputy Unit, in conjunction with the Lake County Sheriffs Deputies, the Illinois State Police and several local law enforcement agencies has participated in a several Roadside Safety Checks. The unit also participates in numerous charity events such as Round Lake's annual Shop-With-A-Cop event which provides low-income children the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.
Unit details are pre-planned assignments requested for either the public
or private sectors of Lake County.
Public Sector Details
The Reserve Deputies are called upon to assist the Lake County Sheriff's Department, Municipal Police Departments or agencies within the county for pre-planned events. The unit generally supplement the requesting law enforcement agency, at that department's request, within the parameters of the unit's primary functions. These are generally short termed events such as a village's annual festivals, parades, etc.
The RD's may work directly, side by side, with the assisted department, or independently in direct support of that department. The assistance of the RD's is to temporarily increase the law enforcement presence or to relieve a department's regular officers so they may perform other duties.
Private Sector Details
The RD's are called upon to assist private organizations, companies, or charitable organizations, for pre-planned events. Again, the RD's function within the parameters of the unit's primary functions. These are generally short termed events such as a social event of a church or a corporate picnic. The RD's are at the function or event at the request of the private organization. The RDs provide traffic and crowd control for that organization in cooperation with the local law enforcement agency.
Emergency assignments are known as call-outs.
These assignments can be any day of the week and at all hours of the day and night. Call-outs can be for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, or for other police departments or municipalities within the county.
The RD's supplement the Sheriff’s Department within the parameters of their primary functions or in any capacity deemed necessary by the Sheriff and allowed by law. The RD's may work directly, side by side, with Sheriff Deputies, or independently in direct support of the Sheriff’s Department.
These are generally short termed situations or events either natural or man-made. Natural events are floods, tornadoes and other weather related disasters. Man-made include evidence searches or hazardous chemical spills.