Being a Reserve Police Officer is a voluntary position that allows the department to supplement community and police services while also allowing individuals interested in future law enforcement careers to train and gain experience. It also allows others who have an interest in their community the opportunity to serve it as a law enforcement officer.
The Reserve Officer program is a functional unit within the Patrol Response Unit. Reserve Officers work side-by-side with full time patrol officers after they have attended the WSCJTC approved Reserve Academy. Upon graduation, Reserve Officers learn to become fully operational police officers by being assigned with a Police Training Officer on a probationary basis. When their training is complete, Reserve Officers progress to the level of being able to operate as a solo officer in the field covering every aspect of patrol procedures and functions. Eventually, Reserve Officers may apply for opportunities to work with the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Special Assault Section, the School Support section, the Traffic Section, and the Marine Patrol.
All candidates are required to undergo a selection process which is equal in intensity to the regular officer process. In addition to the oral board, candidates must pass a full background investigation, polygraph or voice stress analysis, psychological exam and medical.
If you are interested in applying to become a Reserve Police Officer, please contact Sergeant Gildehaus at (253) 830-5000. All applications will be kept on file in anticipation of future Reserve Police Officer openings with academies held in locations to be determined.