Reserve Police Officer

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This is a volunteer position. Volunteers will be required to serve a minimum of 32 hours per month during their first year and 16 hours per month thereafter.

A Reserve Police Officer is a citizen volunteer who serves the community through a devotion of valuable time and effort toward a common goal: creating a safer community.

Reserve Police Officers wear the same uniform and perform the same duties as regular Police Officers, but on a part-time volunteer basis.

Reserve Police Officers receive compensation for court appearances; specific assignments approved by the Office of the Chief of Police and may be eligible for a uniform allowance on a scheduled basis.

Most importantly, Reserve Police Officers are a valuable resource to both the community and the Glendale Police Department.

Applicants who successfully process through the selection procedure will be required to attend and complete an approved Training Academy (schedule and dates to be determined) held on Sundays and two alternating evenings per week.

Essential functions of the job include:

  • Participation in pre-academy and actual Police training academy in preparation to perform Police Officer functions
  • Respond to calls for service regarding accidents, emergencies, crimes, threats, altercations and/or requests for aid
  • Provide information and assistance to the public and promotes good public relations
  • Interview, interrogate and record statements from witnesses, suspects and victims.
  • Administer first aid to injured persons
  • Apprehend suspects by driving safely at high speeds, chasing suspects on foot, climbing over obstacles, physically subduing suspects and utilizing self-defense techniques.
  • Enforce traffic laws, directs traffic, issues citations and warnings.
  • Investigate accidents and accident scenes.
  • Investigate matters involving juveniles, reports of child neglect and juvenile delinquency.
  • Refer juveniles to the appropriate authorities.


  • Minimum age 20 years
  • Good moral character with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving domestic violence
  • U.S. Citizenship, or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship
  • Valid California Class C driver's license


  • Pass a pre-placement medical examination and a psychological evaluation
  • Hearing and vision acceptable to City standards.
  • Weight in proportion to height according to medical standards


  • Successfully pass the Reserve Officer Written Exam. There is currently no study guide available for the reserve officer exam, contact the Reserve Coordinator at 818-937-8702 for more information.
  • Successfully pass the Physical Agility Test (P.A.T.)
  • Successfully complete the oral interview process
  • Successfully complete a background investigation and polygraph test


  • College level course work in written and oral communication, Police Science or a related field
  • Knowledge and/or use of Personal Computers
  • Bilingual abilities

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