Reserve Division

Reserve Division

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department Reserve Division is comprised of volunteers willing to provide a serving to the citizens of Hancock County. These volunteers are sworn officers empowered by the Sheriff of Hancock County to help preserve law and order in the county. The Division was originally established in the 1950's under the name of the Hancock County Sheriff's Civil Defense Reserves. The Civil Defense Reserves operated under the Sheriff's authority and additionally provided basic EMT services. At this current time, the Reserve Division still operates under the Sheriff’s authority alongside those deputies in the Patrol Division, Investigation Division and Jail Division. Reserve Deputies also perform in special assignments as designated by the Sheriff, such as Hancock County Fair, Air Shows and other events.

 All Reserve Deputies are sworn in under the Sheriff's authority and must complete training under Indiana State Law. Reserve Deputies are required to complete mandatory training in order to obtain their initial certification. Additionally, Reserve Deputies will complete a Reserve Academy prior to beginning field training with Field Training Officers. Reserve Deputies must also complete the 24 hours of state mandated annual training.


  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. citizenship by time of appointment
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • No felony convictions or domestic violence convictions
  • Legal ability to possess firearm
  • High School or equivalency diploma
  • Ability to read and write English
  • No Operating While Intoxicated convictions in last 5 years
  • No dishonorable or undesirable discharge from military
  • No illegal drug use in last 3 years
  • Pass all portions of the selection process, including a physical fitness assessment, background check, interview process, and multiple written and practical exams during the Reserve Academy
  • Live in Hancock County
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (no upper age limit)

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