Becoming a Fulton County Sheriff’s V.I.P.E.R. Operations Deputy


Are you interested in taking the first step in discovering an exciting career within the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office? The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office V.I.P.E.R. Operations is seeking qualified members from our community who meet the standards necessary to become a Fulton County Sheriff’s reserve deputy. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office invites you to consider a second career to serve in a state and nationally accredited law enforcement agency.

We offer an opportunity to work in one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the state and country. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office offers qualified individuals a chance to experience working with diverse cultures and communities in Atlanta and throughout Fulton County.

The Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy program is comprised of civic minded members like you, former law enforcement officers, and retired deputies who wish to volunteer as reserve deputies. These deputies supplement the full-time deputies in a variety of duties throughout the Agency. This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to become a full-time Sheriff’s deputy. Reserve deputies can enjoy the best of both worlds, maintain their chosen career while helping to provide law enforcement service to the citizens of Fulton County.

Reserve deputies receive the same training as full-time deputies and work alongside them in every aspect of the department’s operations.



The minimum qualifications for a Reserve Deputy Sheriff are as follows:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;
  • Not have any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm;
  • Be a United States citizen or have applied for U.S. citizenship;
  • Possess a High School diploma or GED equivalency;
  • Possess a Georgia driver’s license – must be able to pass a driver’s history review;
  • Successfully pass a rigorous background investigation;
  • Pass the police academy entrance exam;
  • Successfully pass a polygraph exam, psychological screening, & medical examination;
  • Successfully pass an Oral Interview.



Reserve Deputy cadets receive 408 hours of state certified instruction, the same training as all full-time law enforcement officers in the State of Georgia. Classes are held at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center in College Park.  The training schedule normally follows this format:

  • Four-hour blocks of instruction, twice a week, on weeknights
  • Eight-hour blocks of instruction, on Saturdays or Sundays
  • All classes are scheduled according to the instructor’s availability

Academy classes are not conducted on days that fall on major holidays.

Current Georgia certified peace officer applicants will not be required to attend the academy.

Normal in-service training occurs monthly and can range from 2-hour to 4-hour blocks of instruction.

For more details, click on the tab entitled, “Become a Reserve Deputy” on the banner at the top left of this page.



The duties of the reserve deputy are diverse. State certified members may perform regular law enforcement duties such as:

  • Responding to natural disasters, medical emergencies, crime scenes, suspicious activities, altercations and requests for law enforcement assistance.
  • Providing public assistance and encourages good relationships between the public and the sheriff’s office.
  • Administering first aid to injured persons.
  • Conducting interviews and taking written statements from crime victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Performing patrols and responding to calls for assistance.
  • Assisting with multi-jurisdiction law enforcement activities.
  • Preparing and submitting written reports for activities requiring law enforcement interaction.
  • Apprehending suspects, making arrests and transporting them to the Fulton County Jail.
  • Enforcing traffic laws, issuing citations, directing traffic and assists disabled vehicles.
  • Executing warrants, serving subpoenas, testifying in court, etc.