While I am continuing my fight to get to the academy right now, I decided to call up my local Sheriff's office today and ask about a reserve program. I was transferred directly to the man himself and he was VERY polite and soft spoken. Much more so than I thought he would be. I asked him about what I needed to do to become a reserve officer for the county I live in. He stated that I called at a great time because they are actually going to be heavily modifying the program this month. He took my name and information and stated he would be in touch sometime early next month to go over what I would need to do. Does anybody here have any info for me that would help out? I imagine I probably will not be getting paid for this, and that is okay with me. I just want to get my feet wet in Law Enforcement to give me a leg up on anybody else who I am competing against that may not have any prior experience. What type of training do they typically offer for reserves? Would I actually get to go out on calls and learn the ropes? I appreciate any input from anyone with experience in this field.