The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit is a volunteer organization of private Ouachita Parish citizens who have delegated law enforcement powers. Currently the Reserve Unit is comprised of about 40 deputies. One-third of these deputies has completed the police academy and has all the same training as the full time deputies. Each deputy is regularly trained in firearms, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle driving techniques.
The purpose of the Reserve Unit is to provide and render voluntary aid and assistance to the Sheriff in the performance of his civic, public and law enforcement duties. The unit provides security and traffic control for an array of social events (i.e., charity events, parades, church events, etc.). The unit has a group of deputies specifically trained to handle funeral escorts. Reserve deputies who have completed the police academy and the required field training volunteer to assist the Patrol Division on shift. These deputies fill in when shifts are short or in crisis situations when regular shift deputies are required to be temporarily reassigned.