All Reserve Officers attend the Eastern Panhandle Reserve Training Academy. This Academy was created in 2012 by the Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff's Reserve Program in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and is accredited by the Blue Ridge Technical and Community College. All training is provided by certified law enforcement and other certified trainers.
Our Academy is the only Reserve training Academy in West Virginia and is open to all law enforcement. In addition to the immediate regional counties of Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan, The Eastern Panhandle Reserve Training Academy had trained officers from Clay and Hampshire counties of West Virginia. Classroom training is supplemented with practical hands on exercises and is followed by 40 hours of in car practical training with certified deputy and Reserve training officers.
Academy instruction includes:
K-9 Officer Assistance
Officer Down Procedures
Use of force
Handcuffing and Frisking
Central Dispatch Orientation
Reserve Deputies assist with paper work required by an arrest. Reserve assistance in completing the basic information required for all arrests frees up the arresting officer to focus on the specific reporting required in each case and significantly speeds up processing time.
Fingerprinting detainees by Reserve Deputies expedites the arrest process enabling the arresting officer to quickly return to duty .
Final disposition of a detained subject requires transportation to an intermediate destination such as the Magistrate's Court or to the Eastern Regional Jail. All detainees will again be searched by the Reserve Deputy prior to being transported.
Taser and Pepper Spray training
In separate courses of instruction Reserve Deputies are certified in the use of Tasers and Pepper Spray as part of the Academy curriculum. Certification is both classroom and practical and includes the trainee learning proper procedures as well as being tased and pepper sprayed Certification is mandatory prior to the Reserve Deputy being issued a taser and pepper spray.