The Reserve Deputy Unit is comprised of men and women from all walks of life who made a commitment to serve the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Lake County. The Unit began in the 1970s as a neighborhood watch program, reporting suspicious activity and crimes in progress to the Sheriff's Office. A desire to become more involved led the members to form Mobile Eye One in 1978, a unit used for search and rescue missions as well as to assist other local municipalities with traffic control. In 1981, the original 16 members of Mobile Eye One, were sworn in as Lake County Sheriff Reserve Deputies. Today, the Unit is authorized up to 50 Reserve Deputies, and the Unit’s responsibilities expanded over the years to accommodate a growing Lake County.
The Reserve Deputy Unit’s volunteers augment the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and assist Lake County’s local municipalities in times of emergencies and when additional manpower resources are required. The unit assists organizations with traffic and crowd control, missing persons and evidence searches. Unit members are also on call 24 hours a day for unforeseen emergencies such as floods, tornadoes, power outages, and traffic accidents.
As the County population grows and both county and local law enforcement personnel struggle to staff additional manpower demands, requests for Reserve Deputies continue to surge. If you're interested in becoming a Reserve Deputy, please visit the Reserve Deputy Unit website for more details.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Post is underwritten by the Boy Scouts of America, Career Oriented Scouting Council. The program is open to youth ages 14 to 21 years of age. The Explorer Post offers participants training and practical experience in the area of law enforcement. Instructors from the law enforcement community instruct the Post members in a variety of policing procedures. Post members participate in crowd and traffic control details at various Lake County community events and festivals. Fundraising events provide members an opportunity to attend state and national law enforcement competitions.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Post? Call Sgt. Eckenstahler, Lake County Highway Patrol at 847-377-7020.