For more than 40 years, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office and California State University at Fresno have had long standing relationship whereby university students are offered a course in directed policing.
The Mission of the Fresno State Reserve Unit is to supplement Fresno County Sheriff's Office patrol forces as volunteer reserve deputy sheriffs. The individual goal of each Fresno State reserve deputy sheriff is to gain field experience while attending college, thereby acquiring a greater understanding of law enforcement, with the ultimate goal to gain full-time employment in law enforcement.
The primary role of a Fresno State reserve deputy sheriff is to work patrol shifts with regular deputy sheriffs who expose, teach, guide, and mentor the reserve deputy in patrol duties during the normal course and scope of their daily assignment, and other related uniformed field assignments (Christmas Tree Lane, fairs, parades, etc.).
Participation in the Fresno State Reserve Unit is not designed to be long term. A reserve deputy may stay in the Fresno State Reserve Unit for more than four semesters or after graduation. The length of time is determined by the unit coordinator and may not be indefinite. Reserve deputy sheriffs who wish to participate in that capacity for a longer term are transferred to the Uniformed Field Reserve Unit.