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Water safety-related volunteer law enforcement positions are open at Washington County

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Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 16 new reserve deputy sheriffs to bring its 2016 corps up to a total of 50 volunteers.

“What do I like best about working with reserves? Their energy, excitement,” said Sgt. Kyle Schenck of the Washington County Water, Parks and Trails unit.

Reserve deputies’ assignments include: 

  • water patrol;
  • natural disaster emergency response;
  • traffic and crowd control;
  • missing or lost person searches;
  • crime scene security;
  • community outreach;
  • boating safety education;
  • and special details.

The unpaid reserves help deter crime and give back to the community while gaining valuable experience. They assist the full-time deputies with law enforcement, are someone to talk to while patrolling Washington County waters, and have got each other’s backs, Schenck said. 

A 2-month-long academy is critical training for the reserve deputies. They attend weekly sessions, beginning in late January.

Some volunteers become sworn officers later, Schenck added. “It’s kind of a steppingstone, but there are also professionals who stay with us for quite a while.”

Reserve deputies will mainly work on the water next summer, often after the 5 p.m. workday is over. Washington County Sheriff’s Office has boats stationed on Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Big Marine Lake, Lake Elmo, the Mississippi River, and the St. Croix River, and also patrols smaller lakes like Square. 

An initial round of interviews will begin Nov. 14, but candidates are encouraged to continue applying until all positions have been filled.

For more information, contact Reserve Sgt. Barry Davanzo at or go to