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Volunteer Services

Service and dedication are just a few of the words that describe those who serve the residents and visitors of Imperial County as members of our Volunteer Services. These men and women are marvelous volunteers who give of their time, talents, and resources to help further the mission of the Sheriff’s Office and protect the people of Imperial County.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Volunteer groups include: The Sheriff’s Reserve Deputies, Mounted Posse, Aero Squadron, Explorer Post 500, De Anza Rescue Unit, and Sheriff’s Activities League. Each volunteer group is a separate unit, and performs different functions from each other. As Imperial County grows in population and popularity, the demand for their services increases each year.

De Anza Rescue Unit was formed in 1969, when a young child became lost from his family during an outing at Mt. Signal. Today, DARU’s specific purpose is search and rescue, including medical assistance of injured, trapped, lost or stranded persons in the mountains and deserts of Imperial County, CA. If needed, DARU will travel to other counties to assist in any search and rescue missions.
To learn more about De Anza Rescue Unit, please visit their website: DARU

The Sheriff’s Posse of Imperial County was established in 1938 under the guidance of Sheriff Robert W. Ware. The Posse was formed for a distinctive purpose, and to serve by providing mounted security for large events, such as the California Mid-Winter Fair, and KXO’s Freedom Fireworks event. The presence of armed, trained horse-mounted officers gives pause to any criminal element contemplating mischief at an event where the Posse rides. Posse members are required to have completed firearms and arrest training (PC832 Certification) and attend Reserve Deputy Level III within their first two years of admission to the Posse.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron are comprised of men and women, who “take to the skies” when an aerial view is needed, for search and rescue missions, or to assist the Sheriff’s sworn deputies needing to collect data information of our deserts and waterways. The Aero Squadron is activated under the direction of the Sheriff, and when flying, is a team of two: pilot and observer. The airplanes are privately owned by the Aero Squadron member pilots, and must obtain a valid pilot’s license. The observer assists the pilot by keeping a watch for other airplanes in the air, and taking aerial photos during the flight mission.

Explorer Post 4500 is for youths interested in law enforcement, between the ages of 14 to 18. Post 4500 is the oldest law enforcement specialty post in Imperial County, specializing in all aspects of law enforcement: from jail visitation, dispatch communications, to crime scene preservation, to patrol procedures. Explorer Post 4500’s objective is to introduce post members to current law enforcement standards, concepts, ideas, and techniques under the direction of sworn law enforcement officers and Post advisors. To learn more about the Sheriff’s Explorer Post 4500, please go to their website:

The Sheriff’s Activities League provides quality activities for the youth in Imperial County, with the goal to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency. The program’s activities are designed to pair law enforcement officers with young people to develop discipline, mutual trust, and respect.

Throughout the year S.A.L. has the following activities available:
- Boxing
- Judo
- Soccer
- Youth Leadership Program
- Flag football
For more information on S.A.L. programs within your respective area, please contact S.A.L. at: 442-265-6105


The Reserve Deputy Sheriff unit is a volunteer organization whose primary mission is to augment patrol operations. Reserve Deputies are routinely deployed to provide security at public events, such as the Imperial County Fair, parades, community events, and election details. In addition, Reserve Deputies assist Investigators and the Sheriff’s Off Road Unit. Reserve Deputies perform duties in accordance to their training and classification (Level I or II).

Who may I contact for more information?
You can contact Lieutenant Robert Benavidez (Reserve Coordinator) by e-mail You may also inquire about specific job related questions for full-time sworn or general nonsworn positions.

What are the application steps to be considered for Reserve Deputy Sheriff?
Below is a list of the steps in the application process. You will need to successfully pass each step of the process to move forward.

  • Complete County of Imperial Application 
  • Written Examination
  • Physical Agility Test (PAT)
  • Completion of a background packet
  • Extensive background investigation, including interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Pre-employment Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination, including a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening

Deliver the application to:

Reserve Deputy Coordinator
Lt. Robert Benavidez

328 Applestill Rd.
El Centro, CA 92243-2839

We are currently taking applications from those individuals who possess:

  • A reserve Level One Certificate or
  • A reserve Level Two Certificate or
  • A reserve Level Three Certificate with proof of current enrollment in a Level Two program. In order to be considered for this opening your certificates must have an expiration date greater than six months from the date your application was submitted.

Deputy Sheriff Recruit minimum requirements:

Selection Standard

Minimum Requirement



20 ½ 



US citizen or
permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship



Graduation from an accredited or approved US high school or equivalent


Reading and Writing Ability Assessment

Assessment of reading and writing ability


Oral Interview

Assessment of oral communication skills and other factors


No Felony Convictions; Fingerprint and Criminal History Check

Fingerprints sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Medical and Psychological   Evaluations Evaluations conducted by licensed physicians and/or psychologists employed by IC Human Resources  

Background Investigation

Thorough background based on applicant’s personal history statement/questionnaire


Physical Ability Testing

  • OBSTACLE COURSE Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb-height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted
  • BODY DRAG Lift and drag a 165-pound lifelike dummy 32-feet
  • CHAIN LINK FENCE Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
  • SOLID FENCE CLIMB Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over fence, continue running another 25 yards
  • 500-YARD RUN Run 500 yards

Each of the five events is timed. Candidate’s performance times are converted to points, and summed. A passing score must be obtained as set by IC Human Resources. (Therefore, faster times equal higher scores).

Preparation guide for reading and writing ability assessment (Level I applicants are exempt from written test)

In order to apply, download and complete an Imperial County Job Application and E-relations form.

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