Become a Reserve Deputy

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Operations consists of over 150 active volunteer reserve and retired deputies, and is the largest law enforcement Reserve organization in Georgia. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputies are among the finest in the nation.  Fulton County Sheriff’s Reserve Operations continuously seeks qualified community members who meet the tough standards necessary to become a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy. The citizens of Fulton County and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office invite you to consider a volunteer law enforcement position with one of the nation’s finest law enforcement agencies.  It retiree ranks are filled by retired deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.

Reserve deputies are generally not content to play a passive role in life. Instead, they continue to devote more and more of their time and talents to Fulton County. They “get involved” for the betterment of their community, because reserve deputies are effective spokespersons in their neighborhoods for the support of law enforcement. There are many volunteer groups for you to get involved with, but few can provide you the kind of rewards, excitement, and changing work environment that this does. You will have a chance to make a direct impact on our community, change a life, and save a life. There is absolutely no better reward than that. If you are on the fence and would like to see us in action to help make your decision, please let us know and will arrange for you to experience the ride of your life.

All of our deputies are law enforcement certified or detention officer certified by the State of Georgia.  The benefit of our program is that we host night time and weekend academies to allow you to complete the course work. Our Deputies are also allowed to work part time extra jobs for compensation.

Does This Sound Interesting?

If you can meet our requirements, and if you want to serve your community in an exciting and rewarding way, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office invites you to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and be a vital and active member of Georgia’s largest Sheriff’s Office.



Candidates’ must be at least 21 years of age at the time of membership. Must be in good physical health with no disabling physical condition.

Must possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License. Must not have history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work. Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Must have United States Citizenship. Must be able to pass a rigorous background investigation, polygraph, psychological exam, and drivers history review.


Reserve Deputy cadets receive 408 hours of state certified instruction, the same training as all full-time law enforcement officers in the State of Georgia. Classes are held at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center in College Park.  The training schedule normally follows this format:

  • Four-hour blocks of instruction, twice a week, on weeknights
  • Eight-hour blocks of instruction, on Saturdays or Sundays
  • All classes are scheduled according to the instructor’s availability

Academy classes are not conducted on days that fall on major holidays.

Current Georgia certified peace officer applicants will not be required to attend the academy.

Normal in-service training occurs monthly and can range from 2-hour to 4-hour blocks of instruction.

Apply Today

If you meet the qualifications and would like to begin or continue your law enforcement career with a proactive law enforcement agency that considers being professional, courteous, efficient, and effective as the way to operate an agency, then we want you to join our team.  Just contact 404-612-9262 – Cynthia Lovejoy Norman – Administrative Assistant or Download the application below.

Application Documents

Applicant Instruction Letter

This document provides you an introduction to the reserve program and a checklist of items that need to be submitted with your application. Download the letter »

Reserve Deputy Requirements

This document provides you an overview of what will be required of you in this position. Please review this document and sign and return with your application. Being a reserve deputy requires a strong commitment. Download the requirements »

Background Booklet Affidavit

The applicant will refrain from signing any consent affidavit form with the booklet until he or she is instructed to do so by, and in the presence of, a Background notary. Please print all forms and bring them into office with your application for submission.

Background Application Booklet

Please fill this application booklet out in its entirety. You can type your information directly on the application then print the application. Remember that the answers you provide in this document will be reviewed with you at a later date during your polygraph exam. Please make a copy of your completed background forms prior to your submission. Download the booklet »

Physicians Form

This form must be completed by a licensed physician. Download the form »

Lautenberg Amendment

This form must be completed by you. Download the form »