Special Deputies serve in unique ways. We help our community and enhance the capabilities of the Sheriff's Office by leveraging our diverse backgrounds and skillsets.
Enforcing traffic laws, responding to calls for service, and deterring criminal activity by providing a visible presence — in a word: patrol — is the backbone of law enforcement.
Specials patrol with regular deputies, with other Specials, and, once they have sufficient training and experience, on their own.
Our residents like to keep busy — so do our 1.2 million neighbors. From concerts to festivals, parades, and high school sports, there's always lots to do.
Specials keep our citizens safe by providing a rapid response law enforcement presence, doing traffic control, and augmenting our regular force of sheriff's deputies.
When disaster strikes, or when the Sheriff needs all hands on deck, Special Deputies answer the call. Whether it's flooding, a presidential visit, or the RAGBRAI bike race, we're here to help.
Specials provide additional staffing when our County needs us. We've aided in search and rescue operations, provided relief for tired regular deputies, and helped hold perimeters to secure crime scenes and apprehend criminals.
Modern reserve officers are highly-trained, professional volunteers. Special Deputies receive basic instruction as part of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy's curriculum for State Certified Reserve Peace Officers. We also do tours in our Civil, Court Security, Dispatch, Investigations, and Jail divisions.
Specials are expected to meet high standards. After our initial training, we attend monthly in-service training alongside our regular deputies. Continued training, including weapons qualifications, are requirements of the job.