FARMINGTON -- They wear the uniform with the badge, holster a gun and make arrests, but they don't get paid.
"We're doing it as a way to give back," said Zack Young, a volunteer member of the Davis County Sheriff's Reserves unit.
The sheriff's office started up the reserves unit in July and has limited it to 11 members, said Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson. Currently, the unit has seven members.
The sheriff' office had a reserves unit but disbanded it 10 years ago, Richardson said. Several police agencies, including Kaysville and Ogden, have had a reserve officer unit for a number of years.
Richardson said candidates have to apply to join the reserve program, be at least a Level 1 certified officer and complete a background check.
The county reservists hold down full-time jobs, and some have families. They are required to volunteer at least 24 hours a month with the sheriff's office. They sign up to work for day or night shifts they can schedule around their other obligations. The sheriff's office provides them with their uniforms and equipment, including their handgun. They are covered by the county's insurance in case they get hurt. When they are on patrol, they ride with a full-time officer who is their trainer.
The three who spoke Friday all said they plan to get their Level 2 law enforcement certification.
Young works full time at the Utah State Prison and has dreams of working for a police agency.
Ryan Dearden works full time with the Morgan County Sheriff''s Office and is also a member of the Army National Guard. He is also a certified emergency medical technician and wants to get his paramedic certification.
Justin Stanford works full time with the National Guard military funeral honors unit and works at Lagoon. He is also starting police academy training at Weber State University later this month and plans to work toward his Level 2 certification.
"People's lives are in our hands, and it's our job to keep them safe," Stanford said.
Stanford and Young both said they knew they wanted to investigate crime but did not realize the role deputy-paramedics played in the community.
"It puts a positive face on police officers," Young said.
The three men said that when they heard the sheriff's office had a reserves program, they applied, because they want to give back to the community, but they also want to add the experience of working on the road to their resumes.
Young said besides giving back to the community, the experience on the road is invaluable.
Stanford said the experience is very different from reading about situations from a textbook.
Both men have applied for jobs at Layton and Ogden police departments, along with hundreds of other hopefuls. The departments accept applications once or twice a year.
Just the physical fitness test for one department "felt like a marathon" because of the sheer numbers of people applying for a job, Young said.
Stanford said when he applied for a job with Ogden, the written test was held in a ballroom at Weber State. The tables went from one end of the room to the other end, and there were three people at each table taking the tests.
The experience as a reserve officer, they hope, will help them land a job with a police agency .
And Richardson said he knows the reserve unit will be "fluid," as people leave for job opportunities and new ones come on board. His office recently hired one of the reservists to work inside the jail.
"He has a goal to be a deputy on the road, and he'll get there," Richardson said.
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