Reserve Deputy

The Reserve Deputy Program offers citizens an avenue to serve the community while gaining experience in law enforcement.

Applicants who successfully complete the selection process will be provided with all equipment and training at no charge.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff training will require approximately two to three months of classes to meet the state-required 140 hours. This training will be held on weekday evenings and some weekends. After completing the training course and passing the state-administered test, applicants will become Reserve Deputy Sheriffs with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Reserve Deputies are required by state law to perform a minimum of 20 hours of service per month to maintain their certification and to attend in-service training monthly.

General Qualifications 

  • US Citizen
  • 21 years of age minimum
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid S.C. driver’s license (upon hiring)
  • Registered S.C. voter (upon hiring)
  • Resident of Beaufort County (upon hiring)
  • Fluent in the oral and written communication of the English language
  • Clean criminal record: No felony, serious misdemeanor or convictions of any crime of moral turpitude
  • Good credit history
  • Good driving record: no DUI or DUS convictions in the past five years
  • Candidates who have been in the military must have received an Honorable Discharge
  • Must be able to pass the following:
    • Intensive background investigation
    • Written standards testing
    • Medical physical examination
    • Polygraph testing
    • Psychological testing
    • Weapon familiarization course of fire
    • Successfully complete the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office physical agility course

How to Apply

Applicants can easily complete the online application HERE. Once you have completed your application, a member of the Recruitment and Staffing Office will contact you and ask you to provide copies of the following items as part of your application package:

  • Birth Certificate (Proof of U.S. Citizenship if not born in the United States)
  • High School or GED and College Diplomas
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received.
  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years.
  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates.

Applicant Documents

The documents can be submitted any of the following ways:

  • E-mail
  • United States Postal Service
  • Drop off in person to the Sheriff’s Office located at 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort, South Carolina

NOTE: The Recruitment Office offers free Notary services. If the applicant would like to use this service, the applicant may bring the completed form to the Recruitment Office located at 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Have questions? Contact us!

Captain Will Angelo


Lieutenant Mike Jennings

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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