The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program is made up of men and women from the local, metro Jefferson County community who wish to serve their fellow citizens by donating their time and talents to the Sheriff’s Office. The men and women that make up the Reserve Program have varied backgrounds and experience, but work together to augment full-time deputies in providing law enforcement service to the citizens of Jefferson County, Alabama.
Reserve deputies serve in many capacities ranging from working uniform patrol service, providing search and rescue (SAR) assistance, managing special details as called for by the Sheriff, transporting prisoners and any other duties that may be required by the Sheriff’s Office. Reserve Deputies also work closely with the department’s full-time deputies in providing Homeland Security. The Reserve Division maintains the R.E.A.D.Y. Force (Reserves Available for Duty). These Reserve Deputies are able to respond to a call for service from the department within a two-hour, or less, time frame. These Reserve Deputies are available for call-out in times of emergencies or other situations which require a short response time, e.g., natural disasters, missing person calls, SAR duties, among myriad other types of situations.
Reserve deputies receive no financial compensation for their service and volunteer hundreds of hours of time per month to the Sheriff’s Office. Reserve deputies are required to receive continuous training throughout the year, as well as qualify annually with their service weapon. Reserve deputies are offered the opportunity to attend the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy where one can receive their APOST (Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training) certificate and become a State certified police officer. Certified reserve deputies may work alone with full police powers.
Reserve Dignitary Protection Unit
In early 2012, Sheriff Mike Hale created the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Dignitary Protection Unit, or DPU. This specialized unit is comprised entirely of highly-trained Reserve Deputies who volunteer their time protecting high-level elected officials–all at no costs to taxpayers. The DPU is the only all-volunteer unit of its kind in the State of Alabama.
The mission of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office DPU is to provide personal security to high-level officials of Jefferson County, the State of Alabama, visiting States, and other officials of the United States government on an as-needed basis.
Reserve Deputies assigned to this unit undergo extensive training in personal security, firearms, communications, close combat, driving, first aid, and logistics. Many are also certified state law enforcement officers through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Each member of the DPU has also completed protective detail training conducted by the United States Secret Service.
The DPU facilitates a safe environment by implementing protection strategies, identifying and analyzing potential threats, and ensuring a seamless interaction between the public and the official being protected. Both on- and off-duty, the Reserve Deputies of the DPU are held to the highest standards of law enforcement service as they represent the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The DPU is under the supervision of Reserve Sergeant Brady B. McLaughlin.
The Birmingham Reserve Division is under the command of Reserve Chief M. G. Lee and the Bessemer Reserve Division is under the command of Reserve Chief Royce Fields.
2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35203.
Email: Captain Al Finley
Reserve Chief, Birmingham
2200 8th Avenue N.
Birmingham, Alabama 35203