Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff

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Reserve II Deputy Trainee


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Job Title

Reserve II Deputy Trainee

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Must serve a minimum of 20 volunteer hours each month.

Job Location (Subject to Change)

Various locations throughout Hillsborough County.



Job Overview

The training consists of a 360-hour reserve academy, a passing score on the State of Florida required Auxiliary Certification Exam, and approximately 82-hour Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Module Training. The Sheriff’s Office pays the tuition costs for the academy, which is held Monday - Thursday, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM and some Saturdays at Hillsborough Community College. If the individual has completed a Florida law enforcement academy, his or her certification may be re-activated resulting in only needing to take the HCSO module training.
Perform Reserve Deputy Trainee duties including working with certified full time law enforcement deputies on various detail assignments throughout the Sheriff’s Office to become certified and eligible for promotion to Reserve II Deputy. Each Reserve II Deputy must serve a minimum of 20 volunteer hours each month on assigned duties.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
Note: Incumbents function in a trainee capacity to gain proficiency in the duties listed below and become eligible for promotion to Reserve II Deputy.
  • Work with a full time deputy and/or specialized units to include: Canine, Warrants, Selective Enforcement Squad (Street Crimes Unit), Vice, Auto Theft Task Force, Aviation, Marine Unit, and DUI Enforcement.
  • Engage in various other law enforcement activities and duties to include: assist with surveillances, securing crime scenes, rendering aid during natural disasters and join search parties, and performing traffic control services.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Note: To be acquired during the training period.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws pertinent to law enforcement.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement guidelines and criminal investigation methods and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of traffic accident control measures and investigation methods and techniques.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms and other law enforcement related equipment.
  • Skill in administering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to act quickly and correctly in emergencies.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to enforce the law courteously, tactfully, firmly, and impartially.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to meet specific physical requirements as may be established by competent authority.

Minimum Qualification(s)

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Be 21 years of age or older; and
Be a United States citizen; and
Successful completion of pre-employment testing including the Physical Abilities Assessment (PAA); and
Be of good moral character; and
Be six (6) months tobacco free at the time of application; and
Must live within Hillsborough County OR live within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering. 
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.
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NOTE: For information on becoming an HCSO Reserve Deputy, please contact Reserve Lt. Chris Lewis at crlewis@hcso.tampa.fl.us or Reserve Corporal Ed Kessler at ekessler@hcso.tampa.fl.us.

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