The Clayton County Sheriff's Office currently employs 11 reserves. In spring 2011, the reserve deputies completed 80 hours of training as outlined by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and also completed 40hrs of supervised on-duty time.
The 80hrs of training was broken down into several modules with a supervised test at the completion of each module. The training ranged from report writing to hands on emergency vehicle operation. For many of the reserves this was quite a daunting task. Many of the reserve deputies also maintain a full time job,
leading the reserve deputy to balance work, homework and testing from the training modules.
The Sheriff's Office uses the reserve deputies to supplement its full time force. The reserve deputies are routinely used for special assignments including the Clayton County Fair, Special Traffic Enforcement Checkpoints, prisoner transports, mental committal transports, security at crime scenes, courthouse
security and filling in open patrol shifts for the county and for cities when needed.