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Police Cadet Program

The Police Cadet position is a temporary, unclassified, part-time position and consists of a variety of non-hazardous support functions at the Glendale Police Department, while attending college. Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintains property and evidence control.
  • Maintains inventory control.
  • Files, copies, and researches documents.
  • Conducts fingerprinting and photographic processing.
  • May conduct interviews.
  • Answers phones.
  • Serve subpoenas.
  • May complete police reports.
  • May assist with traffic control, transportation, and parking enforcement.
  • Provides customer service in person and over the phone to the public and to other city departments.
  • Police Cadets may also be required to assist in the jail, at the public counter, in the radio communications center, and with minor investigations or other related tasks as assigned.


  • 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • High school graduation of GED or CHSPE equivalent.
  • Valid California Class C driver's license with an acceptable driving history.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and carry nine semester units or eight quarter units with a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.
  • Must be in good physical condition.

Must be of good moral character, without past history of involvement in criminal activity or other unacceptable conduct, and without felony convictions.

Knowledge of police standards of conduct. Skill in reading, writing, and comprehending directions in English; communicate effectively in English; comprehending and applying departmental policies and procedures; effectively provide customer service to the public and city departments; utilize common office software and a personal computer; establish and maintain effective working relationships; resolve interpersonal conflicts; learn City geography and street layouts.



Police Chaplain Program


The Glendale Police Department Chaplain Program was established in the year 1979 for the purposes of providing spiritual and emotional support to all members of the Department, their families and members of the public.

What is a Police Chaplain?

A law enforcement chaplain is a clergy person with a passionate interest in, and the specialized training for pastoral care in the world of law enforcement. This pastoral care is offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion. The chaplain’s ministry provides a source of strength to our police personnel, their families, and the community, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, and offering assistance when appropriate or requested.

What are some of the duties of a Police Chaplain?

The duties of a police chaplain include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting in making notification to families of department members who have been seriously injured or killed.
  • Visiting sick or injured law enforcement personnel in the hospital or home.
  • Attending and participating in funerals of active or retired members of the department.
  • Assisting personnel in the diffusion of a conflict or incident when requested.
  • Responding to natural, accidental deaths, suicides, attempted suicides, family disturbances and any other incidences where their presence is appropriate or requested.
  • Counseling Officers and other personnel with personal problems, when requested.
  • Responding to major disasters such as earthquakes, bombings and similar critical incidents.

What are the requirements to become a Police Chaplain?

  • All applicants must possess a valid California Driver’s license.
  • Must have at least five years of successful ministry experience with a recognized church or religious denomination.
  • Must be above reproach, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not be addicted to alcohol or other drugs, not contentious, and free from excessive debt.
  • Must manage their household, family, and personal affairs well.
  • Must have a good reputation with those outside the church.
  • Must successful pass a series of interviews to determine suitability for the program.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Must possess an Ecclesiastical Endorsement - On letterhead, currently dated and signed from a denominational or congregational official attesting that you are in good standing with your denomination and that they endorse you to serve as a law enforcement chaplain.

If you would like to join our Police Chaplain Program, or need for more information, please contact Sgt. Robert Rosas at



Police Explorer Program

The Glendale Police Explorer program is a volunteer program for young people between the ages of 14 and 21. The program allows the Explorers to learn the "in's and out's" of police work and prepare for a rewarding career in law enforcement. During an explorer’s preparation they will be allowed to “ride along” with officers, fly in a police helicopter, perform in competitions and participate in department events. These events are exciting, fun and rewarding for the explorers. The program is affiliated with and insured by the Boy Scouts of America.

Is this program for me?

The Glendale Police Explorer program is geared toward young individuals seeking to become the leaders of tomorrow. It gives them an opportunity to learn many different skills which will help them excel in the future. The program prepares young individuals to move on to apply to become Police Cadets when they reach the age of 18 and Police Officers when they reach the age of 20 ½. It is our goal to develop young men and women into responsible leaders of tomorrow.

In order to become a Glendale Police Explorer, candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old to apply. Current Explorers in good standing can remain in the post until their 21st birthday.
  2. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to complete physical tasks and activities required by the program.
  3. Shall maintain a minimum of "C" average (2.0 GPA) while in school.
  4. The Explorer shall have good moral character and not have negative contacts with law enforcement or school administration.
  5. Parents or legal guardians must grant permission for the applicant to participate in the program.
  6. The Explorer should have a strong desire to expand their knowledge of law enforcement operations

All applicants will undergo a selection process prior to being accepted as a Glendale Police Explorer. This process includes the submission of a completed application and accompanying paperwork (including the applicant’s two most recent report cards), an oral interview, and a background check.

What happens after I am accepted into the Explorer program?

All Explorer recruits will be required to attend the San Gabriel Valley Explorer academy. The academy meets each consecutive Saturday for 16 weeks. During the academy, Explorer recruits will be challenged physically and mentally. They will study subjects including criminal law, firearms, handcuffing techniques, searches, and other law enforcement practices. After successful completion of the academy recruits will graduate and become Glendale Police Explorers. As an Explorer you will be eligible to go on "ridealongs" and "flyalongs" with police officers, participate in Explorer competitions with other agencies, and participate in department details.

Applications are available to be downloaded here or obtained at the Glendale Police Department.

If you're interested in becoming a Glendale Police Explorer or want more information you can contact an Explorer advisor at 818-548-4015.



Reserve Officer Program

The Glendale Police Department is seeking qualified candidates for its Reserve Officer Program. Becoming a Reserve Police Officer is a fulfilling way of serving your community while becoming a part of the exciting world of law enforcement.

In 2009, the Glendale Police Department Reserve Forces Unit celebrated 42 years of service to the City of Glendale. Our Reserve Forces Unit has achieved a high degree of professionalism and is respected state wide for its' accomplishments. The program is routinely reviewed by other police agencies who have used it as a model to better their own Reserve Force Units. Our Reserve Officers pride themselves in being more productive, more active, and better trained than many other reserve officer programs. It is definitely one of the most effective and organized programs existing within the State of California.

Why does the Glendale Police Department have a Reserve Police Officer Program?

The primary purpose of the Reserve Police Officer Program is to provide the community with an auxiliary unit of trained, competent police officers. These officers supplement our regular personnel and can be used in the event of an emergency when manpower is critical.

Community involvement and, most of all, support are two vital elements in the operation of any law enforcement agency. A successful Reserve Police Officer Program, being made up of citizen volunteers from within the community, stands as a symbol of the Glendale Police Department's commitment to partnership and teamwork in combating crime.


What is a Reserve Police Officer?

A Reserve Police Officer is a citizen volunteer who devotes his or her valuable time and effort towards creating a safer community.

Reserve Police Officers wear the same uniform and badge that full-time police officers wear. On a part-time basis, they perform many of the same duties and functions that a full-time officer does.

2008 Reserve Officer Statistics

In 2008, the Glendale Police Reserve Officers provided 3,339 hours of service to the Glendale Police Department. The majority of these hours were provided on a voluntary basis. This represented a savings to the Glendale Police Department of over $100,000. Over 1,750 hours were devoted to working patrol. Our Reserve Officers were very productive, accounting for over 79 misdemeanor arrests, over 25 felony arrests, over 70 moving citations, and over 40 parking citations.


What are the minimum requirements to become a Glendale Reserve Police Officer?

To be considered for appointment as a Glendale Reserve Police Officer, you must meet the following minimum requirements:


Minimum of 20 years of age.


High School Graduation or Equivalent (GED or CHSPE)


Valid Class 3 Drivers License - With Good Driving History.


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United States citizen or proof of application for citizenship having occurred at least one year prior to application.


Good moral character with good driving, credit, and employment history.


What is the selection procedure?

As shown by our minimum requirements, the Glendale Police Department maintains a high standard when selecting personnel for its Reserve Officer Program. The Reserve candidate must complete a selection process which is composed of six phases - each of which is pass/fail.

  1. Initial application.
  2. Written examination of general skills. (Reading comprehension and spelling).
  3. Physical Agility Test: (PASS/FAIL) - This Physical Agility Test includes: a 99 yard obstacle course, a 165 pound body drag, a six foot chain link fence climb, a six foot solid fence climb, and a 500 yard run.
  4. Oral interview. (Questioning from a panel of 2 or 3 police officers)
  5. Background Investigation: All finalists will be subjected to a comprehensive background investigation. A polygraph will be required.
  6. Medical/Psychological Examinations: Candidates who successfully pass the background investigation and are conditionally offered a position will be required to successfully complete an extensive medical and psychological examination prior to appointment.

Note: Candidates must pass all phases of the testing process to be further considered.

Residence: Candidates hired into this position are required to live within a 40 mile radius of the Glendale Civic Center.


How do you apply?

An application for Reserve Police Officer can be obtained on the Join GPD website. Applications can also be picked up in person at the City of Glendale Human Resources office located at 613 E Broadway, Room #100, Glendale, CA 91206. For answers to questions regarding the Reserve Forces Unit, please contact the Reserve Coordinator at 818-548-3154.


What happens after you pass the selection process?

Upon completion of the selection process, you will attend the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Reserve Academy. The Reserve Academy is a (20) week course of instruction designed to prepare you for the role of Reserve Police Officer. The Academy demands that the candidate devote his or her Tuesday evening, Thursday evening, and all day Sunday during this rigorous 20 week period. Although the Academy is attended on a "part-time" basis, there is nothing "part-time" about the level and intensity of the academic and physical training. The level of instruction is similar to that of the full-time police academy and demands a great deal of time and devotion from the Reserve Recruit.


What happens when you graduate from the Academy?

Upon completion of the Academy, the new Reserve Officer will enter a (50) week training program while assigned to full-time police training officers. After successful completion of the training program the Reserve Officer is required to donate 20 hours per month to the department. Reserve Officers can work a variety of assignments within the organization, such as uniform patrol, investigations, gangs, traffic, bicycle and foot patrols. Reserve Officers are also required to attend one training meeting monthly.

Reserve Officers are compensated for court appearances and may be eligible for a uniform allowance.


How often does the Glendale Police Department test for Reserve Police Officers?

The Glendale Police Department accepts applications for the position of Reserve Police Officers on a continuous basis. The testing process is ongoing.

For the community minded man or woman who wants to accept the challenge, becoming a Reserve Police Officer is a highly rewarding means of serving the community while being a part of the Glendale Police Department family and the exciting world of law enforcement.




Glendale Police Department volunteers provide investigative, technical, and office/clerical assistance in many different areas of support services. Tasks performed by our volunteers are varied and extensive including: answering phones, filing records, data entry, typing documents, providing information to visitors, assisting in fingerprinting, taking photographs, research, public education and community outreach. Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of our organization.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, but there is no maximum age limit. All applicants must complete a standard department pre-employment application and background before they can be considered for a volunteer assignment.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 818-548-6452 if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. Thank you for your interest.


The goal of the Glendale Police Department is to serve the City of Glendale in the most professional, effective and courteous manner possible while maintaining a reputation of being an innovative and progressive department that is sincerely concerned about the volunteers that it serves. It is in keeping with this philosophy that the Volunteer Patrol Program has been formed.

The purpose of RSVP is actually twofold: First, the City of Glendale recognizes the vast resources of experience and skills that rest within the volunteers of our city and surrounding communities. Our Department desires to utilize these skills to help us achieve our Departmental goals in an efficient and cost effective manner. Secondly, the main purpose and function of the RSVP is to supplement and assist both the Patrol Bureau and Support Services of the Glendale Police Department in our efforts to serve the citizens of Glendale.

Because RSVP members are the eyes and ears of the Police Department, as well as representatives of the City and the Department, it is imperative that members maintain an image of professionalism that parallels the professionalism of our Department at all times. The volunteer’s appearance, demeanor, and performance must never be compromised while serving in the Volunteer Patrol Program. Each member is hand-picked with the highest confidence in their capabilities.


Anyone age 55 and over is eligible to be an RSVP volunteer. All applicants must complete a standard department pre-employment application and background before they can be considered for a volunteer assignment.


RSVP volunteers have various responsibilities and duties. Listed below are some of the various duties the RSVP will be performing:

  • Patrolling the city in a marked vehicle (eyes and ears of the Department)
  • Vacation House Checks
  • Business Checks
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Traffic Control
  • Quality of Life Issues
  • DUI Check Points


All RSVP volunteers will be required to attend scheduled training meetings which take place quarterly.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 818-548-6452 if you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer.