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MCSO Reserves

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Reserve Division is the only reserve program in America capable of completely replacing all Deputies on the road while they attend training without accumulating overtime. The Reserve Division was formed in 1968 to supplement the Marion County Sheriff's Office Road Patrol. Reserve officers are non-paid volunteers that work in investigations ,serving warrants, jail duties, weather and disaster call-outs and crime prevention. Reserve Deputies are also detailed for the Indianapolis 500 Race and 500 Festival Parade, the Brickyard 400, the Marion County Fair, Indianapolis Colts games and other public events.

Reserve Deputies include a variety of professionals including nurses, teachers, firefighters, EMT's, accountants, investment brokers and people who own their own businesses. Reserve officers have the same police powers and are issued the same equipment as MCSO Deputies. The Reserve Division has its own rank structure and deputies are provided the same in-service training as Deputies. A fleet of cars is assigned to the Reserve Division and deputies receive a vehicle based upon the amount of time donated to the department, their availability and their performance. The Reserve Division utilizes cars assigned to the division 24 hours a day.

Each Reserve Deputy must meet the following qualifications:


  1. Be certified by Indiana's LETB as an officer or have comparable training/certification,or
  2. Be a graduate of one of Indiana's certified Reserve Academies or have comparable training/certification.


The MCSO Reserve Program is a unique opportunity for you to serve the people of Marion County. It requires extraordinary dedication on the part of the Reserve Deputies in order to meet the standards required while working a full-time job. We also encourage bilingual and minority applicants to apply for the position of Reserve Deputy. Please apply at Marion County Sheriff's Office Human Resources Department located in the Marion County Jail, 40 South Alabama Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for county holidays.

Marion County Reserve Deputy Requirements:


  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D
  • Cannot have any felony or battery misdemeanor conviction
  • Have a current and valid Indiana Operator’s License
  • Must submit to being fingerprinted
  • Must submit to a character and background investigation
  • Must be a resident of Marion County, Indiana and maintain this status while a reserve
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 32 hours each month
  • Must be able to work special events
  • Must be ILEA certified


PLEASE NOTE: Reserve Deputies are organized as a Reserve Unit. Reserve Deputies do not automatically become full-time, Deputies. Reserves Deputies who wish to become full-time Deputies must reapply and follow the same procedures for hiring as do all other applicants.