The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the NPSO Reserve Unit. The NPSO Reserve Unit is a voluntary division of the sheriff’s office which is tasked with supplementing the patrol division, school activities, festivals, traffic details and other calls for service. The reserve unit is based on very simple concepts, “promote citizen involvement in law enforcement” and “Project and protect the integrity and professionalism of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office”. Applicants that are selected must attend an in house reserve academy where they will receive state mandated training to become a reserve deputy. Applicants who successfully complete the reserve academy will complete a field training program and pass a rigorous evaluation process within the patrol division before assisting fulltime patrol deputies. After successful completion of the field training program reserve deputies will be required to pass an evaluation process before they will be allowed to assist fulltime patrol deputies as they carry out law enforcement duties in Natchitoches Parish. The NPSO Reserve Unit is a voluntary organization but is also compensated monetarily once minimum volunteer hours are met.
Some current reserve deputies are members of the NPSO Search and Rescue Unit.
Some have moved on to full-time deputy positions.
The minimum requirements to apply for the NPSO Reserve Unit are as follows:
Must be 18 years of age and in good standing in the community.
Must complete an extensive background check.
Must have no felony criminal history.
Must have no criminal record involving DWI or any drug law violations of any kind.
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Must be able to participate in an interview process.
Must successfully complete the assigned in house reserve officer academy.
Must be in good physical and mental condition.
After the Reserve deputy has successfully passed all required training the deputy must:
Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per month.
Be able to assist with functions within Natchitoches Parish.
Be able to assist during disasters or any state of emergency.
Applications can be obtained at www.npsheriff.org or in person at the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, 200 Church Street, (Courthouse) Natchitoches, La.
If you are interested in applying or would like more information about the NPSO Reserve Unit please contact Chief Doug Rachal at 318-357-7830, Ext# 854 or Captain Tony Moran at 318-357-7830, Ext# 205 or Sgt. Samuel Ragan at 318-357-7830.