LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office relies on its reserve unit — a volunteer force reaching out to help patrol events and assist in countywide law enforcement.

Those interested in joining the unit can sign up for the annual reserve academy.

“We are looking for citizens who want to get experience in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Rich Martin. “No prior experience is needed. Training will be four hours a week for four months. There is extra training on weekends.”

Reserves support the department, act as a second officer in a patrol car, patrol special events and work with crime scenes, disasters and traffic control, among many other duties, Martin added.

Those interested have until the end of November to register for training. Classes begin in January.

Applications can be picked up at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office or by email by contacting dgreene@co.lake.mi.us.