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Reserve Police Officer
City of Covina, Los Angeles Area

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(626) 384-5554
Close Date: Continuous
Salary: $20.00 Hourly

The Reserve Police Officer is responsible for the performance of the full scope of assigned law enforcement duties and responsibilities, under general supervision. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Police Officer in that the latter is a Full Time Peace Officer as provided by Penal Code Section 830.1.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   (include but are not limited to the following)


·        Level I Reserve Officer – a trained Reserve Officer as described in Penal Code Section 832.6(a)(1) who is assigned specific police functions who can work alone or with a partner.
·        Level II Reserve Officer – a trained Reserve Officer who works under the immediate supervision of a peace officer who has completed the basic training course for police officers as described in penal code section 832.6(a)(2)
·        Level III Reserve Officer – a trained reserved officer who is supervised by a Level I Reserve Officer or Full time police officer. Level III Reserve Officers work in a limited support capacity not requiring general law enforcement powers in their routine performance.
·        Reserve Police Officers are required to attend regular scheduled department training, meet perishable skills training requirements and attend all legislative mandated training.   
·        Patrols assigned areas by car, foot, motorcycle or bicycle; performs crime suppression and prevention activities; answers special calls; conducts initial and follow-up investigations; interviews victims, complainants and witnesses; answers complaints including domestic disturbances, health code and local ordinance violations; performs surveillance activities; conducts chemical, drug and alcohol testing; investigates suspicious circumstances.
·        Enforces traffic laws; conducts complete accident investigations; controls and directs traffic when necessary; performs crowd control, special event or riot duties; assists in crime prevention activities and the control of juvenile delinquency; counsels and educates the community; administers first aid in cases of emergency; transports, books and is responsible for the care and custody of detained persons.
·        Trains and assists less experienced personnel as assigned; may serve as a Field Training Officer or in a variety of special program areas including schools liaison, K-9 programs, motorcycle traffic patrol, or other specialized areas of assignment.
·        May serve in the investigative division; coordinates and conducts complete and detailed investigation of crimes against persons and property, and crimes involving vice, gaming and narcotics violations; performs undercover and surveillance activities; conducts registration and tracking of sex offenders; collects, preserves and maintains evidence and property.
·        Obtains and processes evidence; takes written statements; prepares required reports and maintains investigative records; serves warrants and subpoenas; testifies effectively in court proceedings; provides information and referrals in non-criminal situations; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies as warranted.
·        Responds to questions, concerns and requests for service from the general public; provides information as appropriate and resolves complaints.
·         Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/ local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
·        Monthly Service Hours Required: The Police Reserve Officer will be required to work a minimum of (20) twenty hours per month not to exceed 960 hours per year. The hours of work may include weekend or holiday shifts. 

Ideal Candidate:


Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for a Reserve Police Officer. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment. Prior experience in law enforcement and successful completion of some college course work in criminology, police sciences or a related field is desirable.
Level I – A Level I Reserve Officer is required to complete the Regular Basic or Extended Course as required by POST and complete 400 hours of Field Training. 
Level II – The Level II Reserve Officer is required to complete Module II and Module III training, consisting of a minimum of 333 training hours, at an accredited POST approved academy. Upon completion, the Level Two Reserve Officer will receive additional Field Training. 
Level III – The Level III Reserve Officer is required to complete Module III training, consisting of a minimum of 144 hours, at an accredited POST approved academy. Upon completion, the Level III Reserve Officer will receive additional Field Training. 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, and possession of a Basic Certificate or required training from P.O.S.T.   Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for U.S. citizenship.


By reason of part-time status, such employees are not eligible for full-time benefits, but are subject to deductions for the Accumulation Program for Part-Time (short-term) and Limited Service Employees (APPLE). The City does not participate in the Social Security System.

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