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Reserve Police Officer Program

 

The SFPD continuously seeks and accepts applications for the position of Reserve Police Officer.

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Welcome | Minimum Qualifications | Duties | Benefits | Levels | Training | How To Apply | Contact

 

Course Announcement:

Modular III POST Basic Academy Course

A POST Modular III Basic Academy Course will be held at the San Francisco Police Academy beginning May 6, 2014. This course is intended to satisfy POST requirements for Reserve Officers. It consists of 168 hours of basic police training where students earn PC 832 Arrest & Firearms and POST Level III Certification. Entry-level topics include ethics, law, evidence, search and seizure, first aid, emergency vehicle operations, arrest and control, use of force and firearms. Participants will also earn college units.

• POST-Constructed Knowledge Tests
• POST Learning Domains
• Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test (Assesses Learning Domains)
• Exercise Tests (as required)

Dates: May 6– July 17, 2014; every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Time: 1800 to 2200 hours (Tuesday and Thursday) & 0800 to 1700 (Saturday)

Location: San Francisco Police Academy

Tuition: $1765.00 (Non-Refundable) + Uniform Costs

All inquiries should be directed to Officer Jeff Smethurst at the San Francisco Police Academy. Jeffrey.Smethurst@sfgov.org or (415) 401-4635.


Qualified individuals with a disability requesting accommodation are to contact the San Francisco Police Department’s ADA coordinator at (415) 553-1343 (v) or (415) 558-2406 (TTY) or the Police Academy two weeks before the start date. Late requests will be honored if possible.

 

 

 

Welcome

Are you interested in taking the first step in discovering an exciting career within the San Francisco Police Department?

We offer a unique opportunity to work in an environment that is unavailable anywhere else. The San Francisco Police Department offers qualified individuals a chance to experience working with diverse cultures and communities.

The Police Reserve Officer Program is comprised of community members, such as yourself, who wish to volunteer as a Police Officer. These officers supplement the full-time officers in a variety of duties throughout the Department. They patrol in vehicles, on foot patrols, or on bicycle patrol. Most Reserve Officers work with officers, but others can qualify to patrol on their own. This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to full-time Police Officer. Reserve Officers can enjoy the best of both worlds, maintain their chosen career while helping to police an internationally known city.

 

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

The minimum qualifications for Reserve Police Officer is as follows:

  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment;
  • Not have any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm;
  • Be a United States citizen or have applied for U.S. citizenship;
  • Possess a High School diploma or GED equivalency;
  • Possess a California driver's license;
  • Successfully pass a complete Peace Officer Background Investigation;
  • Successfully pass a polygraph exam, psychological screening, & medical examination;
  • Possess the required P.O.S.T. training certificate (either Basic Police Academy, Reserve Officer Level I, Level II, or Level III);
  • Successfully pass an Oral Interview.

 

Some testing may be waived for lateral Peace Officers recognized by P.O.S.T.

 

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DUTIES OF A RESERVE OFFICER

 

A Reserve Officer performs general law enforcement, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, collision investigations, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions.

 

Reserve Officers are also utilized at special events such as parades, street fairs, or security for major sporting events. Other duties include support services to other units within the Department, narcotics or vice crimes investigations, DUI checkpoints, Marine Unit patrol, or be assigned to the Inspector's Bureau. Reserve Officers perform most of the same duties as a full-time officer.

 

Reserve Officers are required to work during maximum deployment assignments such as, New Year's Eve, Halloween, major disasters, or major events. Reserve Officers may be required to work extended 12-hour shifts.

 

A typical Reserve Officer performs at least twenty hours of service each month. A Reserve Officer can volunteer to work more than the minimum twenty hours a month, if they choose. Reserve Officers can request to be assigned to any of the ten district stations within San Francisco or work within one of the many specialized units. Reserve Officers will receive and additional four hours, per month, of training each month various regarding topics.

 

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BENEFITS OF A RESERVE OFFICER

 

The Police Department does not offer financial compensation for it's Reserve Officers, but we will provide you with the standard uniform and equipment of a San Francisco Police Officer. You will be issued a Department-owned firearm, custom fitted protective vest, crowd control equipment, leather gear, and other related equipment. If a Reserve Officer regularly meets his/her monthly obligation of service, that Reserve Officer will be allowed to request a voucher for additional uniforms (on an annual basis).

 

Reserve Officers are eligible for continued professional training, outside training courses, and any other course taught at the SFPD Academy at no-cost to that Reserve Officer.

 

If a Reserve Officer is injured in the line-of-duty, he or she will receive Worker's Compensation benefits.

 

Reserve Officer is strictly a non-civil service volunteer position and does not receive any payment.

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LEVELS OF RESERVE OFFICER

 

The SFPD appoints Reserve Officers of all levels. We accept Level I, II, III Reserve Officers who have previously been certified by a P.O.S.T. accredited institution. If you have completed a Basic Police Academy within the last three years, you are qualified to be a Reserve Officer.

 

Level I Reserve Officers may be certified to work alone or with another Reserve Officer. Level I Reserve Officers can supervise other level Reserve Officers and will be eligible to be a Reserve Sergeant. He/she must successful pass a 400-hour Field Training Program prior to being released to work alone.

 

Level II Reserve Officers cannot work alone and must work with a fulltime officer or a Level I Reserve Officer.

 

Level III Reserve Officers cannot work alone and are assigned mostly to special events. This is an entry level position for Reserve Officer, unless you have been certified at a higher level.

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I DON'T HAVE THE REQUIRED TRAINING. HOW DO I OBTAIN IT?

 

Most Community Colleges that have an Administration of Justice Program sponsor the necessary training. There are several institutions within the nine Bay Area Counties, including City College of San Francisco.

 

In most cases, the basic training needed (Reserve Officer Level III) will last one full semester. Contact the institution of your choice to determine the availability and schedule of the next class.

 

Some suggestions are listed below:

 

 

 

South Bay Regional Training Consortium
College of San Mateo Campus
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, California 94402

City College of San Francisco
Administration of Justice Department
250 Phelan Avenue, Building 221
San Francisco, CA 94112

Santa Rosa Junior College Training Center
Administration of Justice Department
5743 Skylane Blvd
Windsor, California 95492
707-837-8843

South Bay Regional Training Consortium
Evergreen Campus

3095 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135

Napa Valley College
Administration of Justice Department

2277 Napa Vallejo Highway 29

Napa, California 95458

Martinez Adult Learning College
Administration of Justice Department

500 Court Street
Martinez, California 94553


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HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for Reserve Police Officer. If you meet each of the requirements, go to the bottom of this section and link  Reserve Officer Application .

 

Complete the application online and print the document. Attach a copy of your applicable Peace Officers Standards & Training certificate with the application and send it to the address listed below.

 

If you wish, you can request an application via U.S. Mail by calling (415) 553-1643 and leave you full name, mailing address, and include any other requested information.

 

Reserve Officer Application (PDF)

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

If you need additional information or wish to submit your application, you can do so at:

 

 

Reserve Coordinator: Officer Jeffrey Smethurst

Phone: 415-401-4635

Email: Jeffrey.Smethurst@sfgov.org

 

Mail:

San Francisco Police Department

Reserve Officer Coordinator

350 Amber Drive

San Francisco, California 94131

 

 

 

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Last updated: 4/1/2014 12:47:32 PM