The Patrol Division of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office is the largest and most visible division within the Sheriff’s Office that provides law enforcement services 24/7, 365 days a year. Patrol handles a varied range of calls from noise complaints to homicides.
The Patrol Division is responsible for the routine patrol of rural Parker County and duties include:
- Detecting violations of criminal law and apprehension of criminals
- Responding to all calls for assistance from citizens
- Preservation and restoration of the peace
- Protection of life and property
- Assisting other law enforcement agencies
- Crime prevention
The Parker County Reserve Program was established in January 1977 with the goal of augmenting the full-time Sheriff’s Patrol Division. Members of the reserve unit are volunteers who serve without pay or other compensation. Each reserve deputy is required by state statue to complete 660 hours of academy training before he/she can be licensed as a peace officer. This is the same training that all basic officers and deputies are required to obtain prior to licensure by the State of Texas. Additionally, each reserve deputy is required to undergo 40 hours of advanced instruction every two years to maintain their license.
Background Investigations & Standards
Reserve deputy applicants are submitted to a stringent and thorough background investigation prior to their employment. The Parker County Sheriff’s Office requires that all reserve deputies complete the same field training regimen as regular deputies. Upon completion of the field training program, the reserve deputies are placed in the same field and function as their full-time counterparts. Members of the reserve unit are held to the same standards as regular deputies and are subject to the same rules and regulations. The reserve unit gives freely of their time allowing regular deputies to utilize vacation or holiday time.
Throughout the years, the Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit has proven to be a true and valuable asset to the citizens of Parker County. This group of individuals is highly dedicated and proud of the services to their county and neighbors.