Sampson County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jimmy Thornton


Reserve Deputies

Reserve Deputies generally assist full-time sworn personnel in the day-to-day delivery of law enforcement services and for emergencies. Reserve Deputies of the Sampson County Sheriffs Office have the authority to exercise the same law enforcement powers as full-time sworn personnel, whenever assigned to duties by supervisory or command officers of the Sampson County Sheriff's Office. Official Duties of such Reserve Deputies include, but are not limited to:

  • Any day-to-day delivery of law enforcement services

  • Emergencies

  • Special Details

  • providing coverage for funerals

  • assisting with parades

  • assisting with community events

  • etc.

All Reserve Deputies must complete a state certified basic law enforcement training course prior to assuming any law enforcement activity. Reserve Deputies assigned to the detention center, must complete a detention officer certification course prior to assuming the responsibilities of a detention officer.

Reserve Deputies are required to perform a minimum of twelve hours of duty per month or one-hundred and forty-four hours a year, in order to maintain their status as a Reserve Deputy.