At the Forsyth County Sheriffs Office, we take pride in the men and women dedicated to keeping the citizens of Forsyth County safe every day. We also pride ourselves in those that desire to help in this endeavor without receiving anything in return. FCSO is fortunate to have numerous volunteers and reserve Deputies that drop everything when called upon to serve however needed.


Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputies are located all across the county. They hold regular jobs within the community and they have a strong desire to contribute something back to the community. A unique feature of these people is the fact that they volunteer their spare time to the Sheriff's Office.


Not everyone is cut out for this kind of involvement so all of us should be proud to have individuals who live beside us and are capable of this type of volunteerism. Individual candidates must pass the same qualifications and training as full-time officers in order to be approved. If qualified, you will become part of the unique group a volunteer Peace Officers that provide a variety of public service functions to enhance and supplement the day to day activities of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Become a Reserve Deputy

Get involved!

 Unit charter 


Augment the following Forsyth County sheriffs office divisions in the execution of their duties with special attention to:

  • Uniform patrol division

  • Detention facility

  • Court services for magistrate, state and superior court security

  • Warrants and civil process

  • Communications

  • Respond to our special callouts

  • Searching for missing persons, escaped/ fleeing prisoners/ suspects

  • Disasters- plane crashes, major fires, gas leaks, power outages, storm damage, etc.



Training for reserve deputy’s includes:

  • Department required in-service training

  • Twice a year firearms requalification

  • Classroom instruction

  • Field training officer program

 Perspective applicants 

Each Reserve Unit member undergoes the same stringent screening process as regular full-time Deputies to ensure that only the most qualified personnel are entrusted with the publics' safety.


The Reserve Unit donates its resources and talents to the citizens of Forsyth County by devoting many hours of personal service towards enhancing the services and operations of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.


 Entry requirements 


The following requirements must be met and/or successfully completed:

  • Screening interviews

  • Entry-level test

  • Background check

  • Polygraph exam

  • Psychological exam

  • Drug test

  • Reserve Unit board approval

  • Ability to work a minimum of 60 hours per quarter

Become a  Volunteer

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office welcomes volunteers from our community. Our volunteers are vital to the day-to-day operations that take place in each of our offices. We have many volunteer opportunities, which include day to day volunteers, our Citizens Helping In Policing (CHIP) Unit, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Community Emergency Response (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills; including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well.

Citizens Helping In Policing (CHIP)

The mission of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Helping In Policing (CHIP) is to help improve the quality of life for Forsyth County residents and visitors by providing visible presence and by observing and reporting suspicious activities. This mission is accomplished through a collaborative partnership with the residents of Forsyth County and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The CHIP team members help the Sheriff’s Office and the community in many ways. This includes assisting with special events, traffic direction, residential and business checks, park patrol, and other types of support functions.

For more information about becoming a Reserve Deputy or Volunteer at FCSO contact:

Sergeant Pete Sabella


For more information about Internship Opportunities at FCSO contact:

Deputy First Class Nick Cardella



Sheriff Ron H. Freeman


 SHERIFF'S OFFICE 770.781.2222  |  24 HOUR DISPATCH 770.781.3087

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