Boone County, Indiana Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Mike Nielsen

Boone County Reserves Mission Statement


The Boone County Sheriff's office Reserve Division shall enforce the laws of the State of Indiana, safeguard life and property, prevent and detect crime, preserve the peace, protect the rights of all citizens and strive to enhance the quality of life in our community. We will uphold the public trust by being honest and maintaining the highest standards of ethical and moral character. We will treat every citizen and visitor with fairness, integrity, respect, and compassion, without discrimination of any kind.


Those who are interested in applying to become a BCSO Reserve Deputy should read the following information.


Following are some criteria and expectations of upcoming training for those selected as a Reserve Deputy.


1)      There will be an extensive review of all applications


2)      Once an individual has been selected to proceed to the next step in the process, they will be required to complete any and/or all of the following:


Additional background checks

Home interview

Physical/agility testing

Written test


Interview in front of the Reserve Board

Any other activity that is warranted for the process


3)      If hosted at the Boone County Jail, once started, academy classes will be held 2 nights per week from 6-10 pm with some Saturday classes.  This academy will run for approximately 10 months.  If hosted in Brownsburg, classes are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; however, the number of months may be reduced because of more frequent Saturday classes.


4)      Post-graduation training, though not defined in this document, will include additional ride time and instruction over a projected period of approximately 12 months. (section “a” is subject to change, depending on training criteria changes).


5)      Ride time and one-on-one instruction will occur over a projected period of approximately 12 months.  During this training you will be required to work a minimum of 32 hours per month.  You may also choose to train 24 hrs. per month for 16 months.  Both equal out to 384 hrs of additional training.  Upon satisfactory completion of this training, you will be authorized to work as a solo patrol unit within Boone County.


6)      Each individual must provide/purchase their own firearm. The Sheriff Office supplies all required equipment such as uniform items, name tag, taser, I.D., badge, collar brass, portable radio, protective vest, supplemental insurance though this list is not all inclusive. No person in the academy is authorized to wear any item indicating that they are Law Enforcement personnel as you are not an employee of the BSCO until given a conditional offer by the Sheriff and have completed required training.


7)      You will be required to participate in area events such as festivals, 4-H fair, etc. during your time in the academy and training.  You will not be authorized to either have an I.D. or wear a Sheriff’s office uniform until after you have been sworn in by the Sheriff.


8)      Reserve Deputies are unpaid volunteers serving under and at the will of the Sheriff of Boone County while completing the same duties as full-time Merit Deputies.


9)      This document is not meant to be all inclusive, but should be referenced as a guideline of what to expect and to let you know that this is an extended process, even beyond academy graduation (approximately 2 years)


10)  In considering whether to complete and return your application, consider that the duties expected of you will be no less than that of full-time Deputies.  The risk to yourself is the same; it is very real and should not be taken lightly.  Hopefully this helps you decided whether to apply and offers some information about what to expect.  Best wishes to you and your family, no matter your decision.  Applications for Reserve Deputy are accepted ONLY when a Reserve Deputy hiring process is underway.  Please keep an eye on the employment tab as well as our Facebook page for future Reserve Deputy hiring processes.



Bob Craig


1905 Indianapolis Ave

Lebanon, IN 46052

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8am - 4pm

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