Volunteer service worthy of Presidential Awards.

5,802.75 hours

of voluntary service to the Sheriff’s Office, surrounding agencies, and the community.


in taxpayer dollars saved annually thanks to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office reserve officers.

Serving for the love of the work.

Dedicated men and women wanting to serve the community have a great opportunity with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

Reserve Officers are authorized by the Sheriff to enforce the law. Reserve officers complete a 40 hour Basic Academy here in Elkhart County before moving into the field. Officers continue to receive training throughout their career with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

The dedicated members of this unit receive professional training and authority from the sheriff to enforce laws and help people in need.  They offer their services in the areas of administration, the dive team, as FTOs, patrol, training, at the fair, through meetings and also at the jail. 


  • High school graduate or equivalent (college is preferred)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age and a US Citizen
  • Must be of good reputation and character.
  • The applicant shall not have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • A physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine shall examine the applicant to aid in determining that they are physically fit for normal police functions and Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training requirements.
  • The applicant shall be given a job-related pre-screen written examination which will include math, grammar, spelling, comprehension, and sentence structure, and the applicant shall achieve a score no less than the minimum acceptable score established for the given test.
  • The applicant must submit to a polygraph test by an examiner designated by the department.
  • The applicant must pass a drug screen. Applicants currently using illegal drugs will not be hired. Applicants with a history of illegal drug use may be disqualified.
  • Must pass a physical agility skills test to ensure the applicant has the endurance and aerobic capacity necessary to perform all duties of the job.

460.75 hours

volunteered by the Elkhart County Sheriff Reserves in 2019 to improving safety at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.


Ask us about THE RESERVES.