“Today, you graduate from the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Academy and don the badge that makes you a member of our team, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid to the 17 members of the 2014 class. “I am honored to serve with you.”
The ceremony took place on November 8 in the Historic Courthouse in Fairfax. John T. Frey, Clerk of the Circuit Court, administered the oath.
Reserve deputies are uniformed volunteers that work alongside Sheriff’s Office personnel to augment administrative and operational functions. They also support outreach programs. During 120 hours of training over a 10-week period, the reserves learned about inmate supervision, firearms safety, defensive tactics, traffic control, courtroom testimony, community engagement and much more.
Reserve deputies commit to work a minimum of 12 hours per month in the Adult Detention Center, the Courthouse or at community events.
Kincaid asked the new reserve deputies to listen and learn, provide feedback to staff and help raise awareness about the Sheriff’s Office. “Always remember that in…or out…of uniform, you are an ambassador for us. Be proud of what you represent,” she said.
Bettina Lawton, of Vienna, was chosen by her classmates to speak at the graduation. What stood out most for the class, she said, was the interaction with inmates. “To a person, the inmates showed us that our worst days are better than their best days,” said Lawton. “The freedoms that we take for granted aren’t available to them. It highlighted the constant refrain that we heard across all of the lectures – the importance of keeping the inmates safe.”
Recruiting for the reserve deputy class began in the spring of 2014. The Sheriff’s Office selected candidates based on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant’s qualifications, background and availability to support agency activities. All applicants were subject to a criminal background check.
For more information about the Reserve Deputy Sheriff program, please email [email protected].