Special Deputies

Become a Hennepin County Special Deputy

JOIN OUR TEAM!  The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is proud of our civilian volunteers who donate their time to provide valuable public safety duties.  Qualified volunteers are sworn in as "Special Deputies" after completing months of rigorous training. Watch our Special Deputy Recruiting Video to get an inside look at some of our law enforcement duties.

Special Deputies, whether on land or water, are utilized to supplement the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office law enforcement work force.  Their dedicated service helps to enhance the community outreach efforts of the Sheriff's Office.  They provide safety education and are an important part of the emergency preparedness.  In the event of a large scale emergency, the Special Deputies are ready to assist and serve.   

Our Special Deputies are commissioned by the Sheriff to provide support to the office.  Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • Search, Rescue and Recovery (including Mounted Patrol)
  • Proactive Patrol of the 104 named lakes and 3 rivers of Hennepin County
  • Prescription Medication Collection
  • Community Events and Parades
  • National Night Out/Nite to Unite
  • Open Houses, Citizen Academies and Public Demonstrations
  • Emergency Call Outs
  • Natural Disasters
  • Water Safety Inspections
  • Support Patrol Operations
  • Traffic and Crowd Control
  • Crime Scene Support
  • Interoperable Communications (Amateur Radio Operators)
  • Motorist/Citizen Assists
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Underwater Rescue Team (must have 2 years as a Special Deputy)

Special Deputies need to have a strong desire to help others, compassion, and time. The initial program is a 10 week Reserve School which takes place for 3 hours, one night per week in the Spring.  Special Deputies contribute 192 hours per year through duty shifts, training, special details and emergency call outs.  Each member is required to work at least 16 hours per month.  All Special Deputies will participate in community events as part of the minimum required hours. 

Once hired as a volunteer Special Deputy you will be trained in such things as:
  • Basic Emergency Care
  • Use of Force
  • Radio Communications
  • Mobile Data Computer use
  • Cold Water Rescue
  • Search, Rescue and Recovery
  • Traffic Control
  • Scene Safety
  • Defensive Driving
  • Trailer Backing
  • Mounted Patrol and the Mobile Amateur Radio Corps have their own specialized training

To qualify, you must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, hold a valid driver's license, be a United States citizen and pass a background investigation. To learn more, please contact Sgt. Melissa Field


To apply to be a Special Deputy, please go to www.hennepin.jobs and click on Internships.  You will find a description of the position and the application under Volunteer Special Deputy. 



Special Deputies are highly-trained civilian volunteers who respond to personal injury accidents, medical emergencies and natural disasters.



Special Deputies comprise the Mobile Amateur Radio Corps (MARC).  They staff the mobile radio command vehicles and use highly specialized equipment to provide on-scene communications at public safety events and disasters.



Special Deputies are a part of the Mounted Patrol and make special appearances at parades.  They train for public safety duties such as search and rescue and crowd control.  To be part of the Mounted Patrol you must have your own horse and access to transportation (trailer.) 


Special Deputies patrol the waterways of Hennepin County in both the summer and winter months to ensure the public's safety.