The Reserve Unit of the St. Clair Sheriffs Office is a volunteer group organized to assist the Sheriff's Office in providing law enforcement services for the citizens of St. Clair County.
The Reserve Deputy Program is currently coordinated by Sergeant Jonathan Van Pelt, and is composed of citizens 21 years of age and older, who volunteer their time to supplemental phases of departmental operations. The members come from all areas of the county, and include individuals from a host of different professions. They have the same duty responsibilities and mission goals as their full time peers.
Reserve Deputies wear the same uniforms, badges, and identification cards, and must meet all the education, training, and duty requirements of the full-time officers. Reserves assist the full-time officers in the areas of patrol duty, criminal investigation, K-9 services, court services, and sometimes give the only opportunity to have 2-man units, especially on busy nights and weekends.
All Reserve Deputies are required to provide their own personal equipment, including approved firearms, duty belt equipment, some uniform items, shoes, and ballistic vests. All members are required to complete the Law Enforcement Academy and meet Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training (APOST) requirements.
The program clearly requires quite a commitment and these Reserve Deputies are a true service to our county and a vital part of the operation of the department.