Thursday, April 15, 2010

CCSO Offers Auxiliary Deputy Training

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? You may want to sign up for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s upcoming auxiliary deputy academy.

Auxiliary deputies are volunteers who serve as sworn law enforcement officers. They are authorized to carry a firearm, make arrests, collect evidence, prepare reports and testify in court.

The next training opportunity starts June 1. Space is limited, so it’s best to apply soon.

Although they serve in an unpaid capacity, auxiliary deputies are highly trained. The academy runs for three months, with classes conducted twice a week in the evening and also on Saturdays. The curriculum includes constitutional law, civil and domestic laws, courtroom demeanor, firearms training, first aid, unarmed defensive tactics, and patrol techniques.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, or 19 years old if they want to serve as a corrections deputy in the jail. They must have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen, have a crime-free background with no recent or extensive use of illegal substances, and be of good moral character.

Applicants undergo a screening process that includes testing and interviews. If a conditional offer is extended they will be given a polygraph exam, physical exam, psychological exam and undergo a background investigation. Once they become an auxiliary deputy, they must devote at least 15 hours per month to the program.

Click here to download an employment application.