Qualifications of Reserve Officer

A Reserve Deputy for Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office must complete a two year program prior to becoming a full reserve officer. Only after completion of the first year of training in the reserve program, will the reserve officer be sworn in as a Sheriff’s deputy.  The second year will be more training to prepare officers for what may occur while patrolling.

Qualifications to become a reserve deputy, under Montana Code Annotated 7-32-213 and Department policy.

  • You must be a resident of Montana continuously for at least 1 year prior to appointment and in Lewis and Clark County for at least 6 months prior to the date of appointment.

  • A person must be 21 years of age or older

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States

  • Applicants must be fingerprinted and a search of local, state, and national fingerprints to disclose any criminal record

  •  Must not have been convicted of a crime in which a person could be imprisoned

  •  Applicants will have a background check to ensure person is of good moral character

  •  Must be a graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent

  • Must be examined by licensed physician within 30 days after the date of appointment to ensure person is in good physical condition

  •  Must possess a valid Montana driver’s license.


Since the Reserve program requires extensive training, The program only hires every two (2) years to allow for the training of all new recruits.

We are currently accepting applications. Applications must be signed and notarized.