Joining the Reserves
The Monroe County Sheriff's Reserve, like any other law enforcement agency, requires dedication and commitment to the profession. As a police officer, you will be required to keep a professional appearance and attitude at all times (on and off duty). You will be expected to perform your duties with the utmost proficiency. You will be expected to work various kinds of details and work in many different situations that you may or may not enjoy.
Although the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will issue to you your uniforms, much of the equipment needed to perform the role of sheriff's reservist will be purchased on your own. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Leather Duty Gear
- Baton/Pepper Spray
- Brown Leather Shoes/Boots (polishable)
- Traffic Safety Vest
Though you are required to purchase all of this equipment (and more), you need not buy it all at once. You will have time to buy the equipment a little at a time.
Remember, we are a not-for-profit organization. Working for this unit is strictly on a volunteer status with NO financial compensation.
If you are accepted into the unit, you will start out as a probationary officer for two years. During this time, you will attend a lengthy training academy before being sworn in as a police officer. Each academy begins in March with the pre-basic and then moves into the training academy in April. The schedule is as follows:
1) The 40 hour Pre-Basic: The 40 hour pre-basic consists of both homework and in-class training. The classes cover both defensive tactics and firearms training. The in-class training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with one Saturday for qualification with firearms. Plan on being at these classes for the entire time period. These classes are mandatory and cannot be missed. No exceptions can be made and you will not be able to swear in as a police officer until you have completed the 40 hour pre-basic.
2) MCAP Academy: The Monroe County Auxiliary Police (MCAP) academy is over 180 hours of study in law enforcement basic training and instructions. These classes are primarily on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. There will also be some Saturday classes that are usually field events. Each officer that completes the academy will go before the Merit Board to be sworn in.
3) FTO Phase: During the field training officer (FTO)phase, officers will work on the road with MCAP and MCSO Field Training Officers through four phases. Each phase is 40 hours long and consists of critical evaluations of the probationary officer's ability to function as a police officer. As a probationary officer moves into the next phase, he/she is expected to perform police functions with less dependence on his/her FTO for help. Probationary officers can only move up the phases once their Field Training Officer believes he/she is ready to move on to the next training stage.
If you have read this page and understand what is expected from you, then you are ready to fill out the pre-application and hopefully become a part of a proud tradition of serving Monroe County.
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