All reserve deputies receive the same high quality training as the full-time officers of the department, covering a variety of law enforcement skills both academic and tactical. Classes are held at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy, under the direction of Chief J. Miller, and the Academy training staff. All training is without charge, and uniforms and other specialized equipment are provided by the Sheriff's Office.
Classroom training methods are similar to those used in institutions of higher learning. Academic subjects are normally taught in a standard classroom setting and appropriate examinations are administered to ensure comprehension of the subject matter. As training progresses, role-playing and practical field exercises are introduced.
Training includes, but is not limited to:
Criminal law (Louisiana Revised Statutes)
Firearms training (classroom and firing range)
First aid and CPR
Laws of arrest and probable cause
Legal aspects of law enforcement
Use of force
Reserve deputies also receive physical fitness and self-defense training. Physical training includes weight training, calisthenics and running. Reserves are required to pass a physical fitness and self-defense test, qualify with an approved firearm and PR-24, prior to graduation. Applicants should begin the Academy in a reasonably fit condition.