Reserve deputies come from all walks of life with the desire to serve the 2 million residents of Allegheny County including Pittsburgh, PA. Citizens who want to support your country, state, and county can make a difference by joining the unit.
Uniformed Street Division
The Street Unit is staffed by 80+ uniform deputies. Members typically work 60 - 120 hours a year. By far the most extensive activities of the Reserve in terms of man-hours are the crowd-control services provided to local communities and to charitable organizations. This assistance at carnivals, festivals, parades and other special events not only assures an added measure of public safety, but also in many cases frees the use of local police officers for normal duties.
Many small communities would not be able to handle such events without this assistance, and could certainly not afford the cost in man-hours of the services which the Sheriff's Reserve provides free of charge.
In addition to being qualified in the Uniform Division the Motorcycle Unit that provides motorcycle escort duty for events, perform traffic control, and parade duty for the Sheriff. Motorcycles marked units owned and maintained by each motor-officer again at no expense to the public.
The Firearms Unit is the professional training unit of the organization. Instructors are professionally trained and give modern law enforcement training to new recruits, mandatory updates, and annual firearm qualifications to existing deputies. Training consists of a rigid police training curriculum administered by certified professionals. Deputy’s train in handcuffing, edge weapon defense with dis-arm and retention techniques, PPCT Pressure Point Control Techniques, OC (oleoresin capsicum spray), use of the asp/baton, arresting techniques and firearms. Firearms training is an intensive and mandatory requirement. It consists of 70 hours of Certified Instructor Qualified level leadership. Training is a six month program completed with evening training.
Internal Affairs Division
The Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for the background checks and administration of badges, identification and equipment for the department and members. All Uniformed Division members are given complete background checks and NCIC clearance.
General Reserve Division
The Allegheny County Sheriff's General Reserve consists of approximately 450 sworn male and female volunteers interested in community service. These members are not the Uniformed Reserve Division and do not have powers of arrest but support the Sheriff and law enforcement in Allegheny County, PA. They are General Reserve Members. Many General Reserve members eventually become Uniform Reserve members with full Title 18 aressting powers. Meetings are the last Thursday of each month.