Reserve Deputies

Reserve Deputies are a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist Deputies with enforcement duties and work jointly to focus on crime reduction.

Why Become a Reserve Deputy

  • Contribute to positive communications between your community and law enforcement as a team member
  • To assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime in Lake County
  • To meet new people in varied settings
  • To gain valuable work experience
  • To take pride in knowing you are part of the solution in crime reduction!


Reserve Deputies will receive training in but not limited to:

  • Basic Report Writing
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Crime prevention
  • Driver Awareness
  • Introduction to Law
  • Orientation and Organization
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Radio Communications
  • Traffic Control


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Good Moral Character
  • Good Driving record
  • No felony convictions
  • Current United States citizen
  • Pass background check
  • Have valid Drivers License
  • Reserve Deputies also ride-along with a Patrol Officer as part of the training program


  • Good people skills
  • Wear approved uniform
  • Attend required meetings/ trainings
  • Reside in Lake County
  • Attend and complete a Reserve Academy (Helena or Dawson Community College - 88 hours minimum) within two years of appointment. Paid for by the Sheriff's Office
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Present a professional appearance at all times


Interested individuals are invited to complete the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Application Form (PDF) and return via drop-off, fax, or mail your application to:
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Attn: Deputy Shoemaker
106 4th Avenue E
Polson, MT, 59860
Fax: 406-883-7305

Further Information

For more information contact Deputy Shoemaker:
Email Deputy Shoemaker
Phone 406-883-7301