Reserve Unit

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is an all-volunteer group consisting of individuals who have a passion for serving their community, as well as members who are pursuing a career in full time law enforcement. The Reserve Unit is under the Patrol Division of the Sheriff’s Office and assists in carrying out the mission to protect and serve the community in a manner that preserves the public trust. The primary role of the Reserve Unit is to aid with traffic and event control at local parades, carnivals, and the Anoka County Fair.

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Special Deputies also assist licensed Sheriff’s Office staff at traffic collision scenes, assist on traffic stops, perform vehicle lock outs, answer animal control calls, perform recreational enforcement and education duties, and provide an additional visual presence of the Sheriff’s Office throughout the county.

Check out our promo video to see some of the ways that the Reserve Unit serves, engages, and works throughout our community.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of a Special Deputy:

  1. Anoka County Fair
  2. Search and rescue
  3. Patrol of the county’s lakes and rivers/Water Safety training
  4. Law Enforcement Torch Run & Polar Plunge
  5. Community events and parades
  6. National Night Out/Nite to Unite
  7. Open houses, citizen academies and public demonstrations
  8. Emergency call outs
  9. Support patrol operations
  10. Traffic and crowd control
  11. Crime scene support
  12. Motorist/citizen assists
  13. Toward Zero Death (TZD) Campaigns
  14. Assist with role playing for Deputy training

If you are interested in filling out an application for the position of Special Deputy please follow the link below, fill out, and return via email or in person at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Sgt. Justin Nelson.

Special Deputy Application