The Collin County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit recently announced it is seeking to recruit and train professionally minded individuals with an interest in law enforcement as Reserve Detention Officers. These are volunteer positions, experience is not necessary, but applicants will have to pass a criminal background check and be willing to attend training classes at the Sheriff’s Office in McKinney two nights a week for seven weeks to qualify for certification.

The decision to expand the number of Reserve Detention Officers was the result of a two-year pilot program involving members of the Sheriff’s Office Citizens on Patrol who attended the Collin College Law Enforcement Academy and became certified and commissioned as Detention Officers. Reserve Detention Officers wear a Sheriff’s Office uniform and work alongside full-time Deputies and full-time Detention Officers.

“A Detention Officer is a trained law enforcement officer who performs services ensuring the care and security of those in custody and performs related work under the supervision of full time staff members,” Assistant Chief Deputy Cary Platt said.

Reserve Detention Officers are asked to volunteer approximately 10 hours per month and the time is flexible to accommodate work, vacation and personal schedules. No physical fitness test is required however a medical exam is performed by a physician’s assistant.

“Detention Reserves work a variety of duties, and try to respond to the needs of the Sheriff’s Office but gravitate to the duties they find most rewarding,” Platt said. “Reserve Detention Officers volunteer in the courthouse, the detention facility, field operations, and in a variety of units in the Sheriff’s Office. Duties range from courtroom security, prisoner transfer, hospital security, detention intelligence, registered sex offender checks, and missing person searches.”

For those interested, there will be an orientation on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Collin County Sheriff’s Office located at 4300 Community Ave. in McKinney. This orientation will consist of a 45-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. Please RSVP by contacting Deb Blencowe in the Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s a unique opportunity if it fits your interest,” Platt said.