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Tehama County Sheriff’s Department

Red Bluff, CA

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are volunteer California Sworn Reserve Peace Officers that are trained at or above the state POST Standards which allows them to exercise peace officer powers while on duty. Reserve Deputies volunteer their time each month to assist both sworn and non-sworn personnel in a variety of duties in the department including Patrol, Jail, Dispatch, Civil, Boating and Mounted Patrol enforcement. The Reserve Deputies of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office volunteer hundreds of hours every year to their community and are a valuable asset to the Department.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to protect and serve your community, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Level I:
Under the direct or indirect supervision of a full-time sworn Deputy Sheriff, this classification performs certain functions of a Deputy Sheriff as assigned, limited to the specific requirements for Level I status.
Levels II & III:
Under the direct supervision of a full-time sworn Deputy Sheriff, this classification performs certain functions of a Deputy Sheriff as assigned, limited to the specific requirements for Level II and Level III status.

Example of Duties:

Patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws and regulations; Responds to radio calls, telephone instructions and/or citizens’ requests to appear at scenes of disorder or crime as assigned; conducts preliminary or follow-up investigations of burglaries, thefts, robberies, deaths, assaults, accidents and other incidents; performs physical searches of criminal suspects; collects and preserves evidence; makes arrests of law violators; testifies in court in connection with criminal prosecutions; directs traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow; stops drivers who are operating vehicles in violation of laws and issues citations when necessary; serves warrants and subpoenas; prepares reports of arrests made, investigations conducted and unusual incidents observed; assists other agencies on special assignment; assists in solving problems as they occur in the field; assists with crowd control, parades and riot work; assists with problems of juvenile delinquency; assists in public education programs; transports prisoners to the court, hospital and various other appropriate locations; performs booking, security and/or custodial duties in the County Jail as assigned; participates in special projects or teams such as the field officer training program, various specialized search and rescue parties; collects statements from victims and witnesses, and interrogates suspects regarding crime investigations; performs search and rescue duties; prepares, monitors and secures the Courts prior to and during sessions; enforces Fish &Game Department laws, policies and regulations; attends departmental meetings and training sessions; assists the general public with crime prevention measures whenever possible; may perform duties in specialized areas as required, such as photographic and laboratory work, fingerprinting; performs related duties as required.

Knowledge of first aid methods and their application; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and criminal investigations; State, County and local laws, ordinances and statutes pertaining to law enforcement; modern police practices and techniques.

The ability to learn departmental rules and regulations; learn appropriate boating laws and their application; learn the operation of firearms and other law enforcement equipment; react quickly and calmly and take appropriate courses of action in emergency situations; recall detailed information, names, faces and facts; follow oral and written directions; prepare reports and correspondence; communicate effectively in oral and written forms; establish and maintain effective relations with staff, other offices and the public. Volunteers in this classification receive direct or indirect supervision within a framework of standard policies and procedures. Errors in work or judgment could result in poor community relations, possible life safety hazards to fellow officers or the general public and/or possible litigation against the County.

Graduation from high school supplemented with some education in police science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is desirable.


  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license
  • Level I: Completion of a POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent; completion of a POST Certified Field Training Program.
  • Level II: Completion of a recognized 832 P.C. Arrest and Firearms course; completion of a recognized POST Certified module Level II Reserve course.
  • Level III: Completion of a recognized 832 P.C. Arrest and Firearms course, completionof a POST Certified module Level III Reserve course.
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation prior to employment.

Requires the ability to use firearms in a safe manner and to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include running, walking, crouching and crawling; to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception required for making observations and communicating with others.

Tasks require exposure to violent and stressful situations and may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, extreme heat/cold, strong odors and/or smoke, strong and/or toxic chemicals, dust and pollen.

Recruitment Information:

This recruitment is open until December 16, 2022.
The department is currently recruiting for one (1) volunteer.
In addition, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, as well as subsequent vacancies which occur during the life of the eligibility list.
Please submit ALL required documents when applying such as, copies of all required degrees and/or certifications as outlined in the job description. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following items MUST be submitted with your completed application to be considered for this position:

  • Cover Letter (A resume is NOT considered a cover letter)
  • Resume
  • Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate or letter from Academy verifying current enrollment

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background, fingerprinting, drug test (including marijuana) and physical examination provided by the county.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None