Police Officer Reserve (19898671)

Part Time
Law Enforcement
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$49.64-$0.00 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1199 El Camino Real Colma, 94080


The Town of Colma

Invite you to apply for the position of:

Police Reserve Officer

(p/t Casual)


The Town of Colma Police Department is seeking individuals who have graduated from a California P.O.S.T. certified academy and are committed to public safety and quality service to community residents, businesses, and visitors.   We are a small, professional department, which enthusiastically supports the professional development of experienced Police Officers through unique training and academic opportunities.

Essential Duties

Police Officers answer calls for the protection of life and property and for the enforcement of State and local laws.  Police Officers conduct investigations of crimes and arrest suspects; investigate traffic accidents and enforce traffic laws; present evidence in court and interview complainants. 


  • Responds to emergencies to protect life and property.
  • Proactively identifies community issues and develops solutions with an emphasis on community-oriented policing and problem solving approach.
  • Maintains a highly visible presence and provides a high level of service to the community.
  • Patrols assigned areas within the community for the prevention and detection of crime and enforcement of laws and regulations.
  • Addresses traffic safety issues and provides for orderly and safe traffic flow within the community.  Identifies causes of problems and develops strategies to reduce traffic-related injuries and property damage.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  Typical ways would be:

Experience, Education and Training:
Applicants must have a high school diploma/GED and completed 30 college semester units at an accredited college or university. Applicants may be appointed with less than 30 semester units with an agreement to complete the remaining units within a reasonable time period to be determined by the Police Chief. 


  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • U.S. Citizen or resident alien and proof of application for citizenship as required by California Government Code Section 1031(a).
  • Possess and maintain (with a satisfactory driving record) a valid California driver’s license.
  • Must have graduated from a California P.O.S.T. certified academy within the past 3 years.
  • Previous volunteer or paid experience in law enforcement is desired.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR.


  • Be in excellent physical condition as determined by P.O.S.T. physical requirements.
  • Have normal hearing in both ears without correction.
  • Have 20/20 vision uncorrected/corrected (no more than 20/70 vision uncorrected).
  • Have no serious color vision deficiency.
  • Be free of disabling physical conditions or diseases that interfere with police work.
  • Have weight in proportion to height & frame.
  • Be emotionally stable and mature.

Knowledge of:  Laws, government regulations, police operational procedures, modern management procedures (especially those effective in promoting a positive, healthy work environment), and motor vehicle operations.

Ability to:  Participate in and pass an extensive background check; Make arrests and to read, comprehend, explain and apply complex issues of law derived from code books, computer screens and other printed materials; Drive a motor vehicle under emergency conditions and to hear verbal communications at normal speaking tones via radio and telephone and verbalize succinctly; Qualify in the use of firearms on a periodic basis; Write accurate, clear, concise, and factual reports; Analyze and prioritize situations and adopt effective courses of action while giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; Maintain cooperative relationships with other employees, supervisors, public officials, and employees of non-police organizations and agencies, as well as the public being served.

The Department: 

The members of Colma Police Department are proud to serve those who live, visit, or do business in the Town of Colma.  We take special pride in our department motto, “Excellence is Our Standard.”  It is our way of saying that we will work to consistently and constantly take steps to ensure that we are providing the best law enforcement service possible to those we encounter.  Whether it’s a telephone call, a visit to our lobby or a meeting on the street, our staff members are dedicated to serving you in a polite, caring and professional manner.


A town employment application form with your post certificate must be submitted though to be considered for the recruitment process.

Apply By: immediate as it will closed when filled. 

The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process. A complete medical examination including drug screening and psychological testing will be completed.  The information included in this job announcement may be changed at any time and does not constitute an express or implied contract.

The town will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise the personnel department of such needs at the time of application.

All employees hired by the town of Colma must be legally authorized to work in the united states and will be required to produce certain documents verifying such information.

Ideal Candidate


  • Have the ability to make arrests and to comprehend, explain and apply complex issues of the law; drive a motor vehicle under emergency conditions; qualify in the use of firearms on a periodic basis; write accurate and concise reports.
  • Be responsive to all in need regardless of their position in life.
  • Respect the diversity of our community.
  • Serve as a steward of the resources provided.
  • Solicit public support and involvement in our efforts to promote organizational efficiency without distracting from the overall quality of life in our unique Town.
  • Exercise discretion and have compassion and understanding, treat people equally, and use sound judgment.
  • Support alternative diversion programs for at-risk youth and first time offenders.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with the public, public officials, other employees, supervisors, and employees of other police and non-police organizations and agencies. 


This is a part time/Casual employment opportunity (working less than 1,000 hour per fiscal year) without benefits except where mandated by law.

Special Instructions


The Colma Police Department is made up of 28 women and men who take great pride in providing excellent police service to our community. Among our police, dispatch and detective duties, we also have a motorcycle officer, bicycle patrol officers, a member attached to the Daly City/North County SWAT team, tactical dispatchers, a Community Service Officer and a Reserve Police Officer Program.

Our members frequently participate in county-wide law enforcement efforts by taking part in the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, STEP (Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program) and as Police Academy Instructors. These activities not only build a strong coalition with the San Mateo County law enforcement community, but also helps to enhance our skills and abilities.

We enjoy meeting with the public and taking part in community events such as National Night Out, Community Fair, Special Olympics Torch Run, Senior Luncheons, and Kops and Kids bowling. We provide safety and crime awareness seminars to keep our residents and business community informed of current crime trends in the area and on the internet.

Our members are also involved in a Youth Outreach Program, in partnership with the Recreation Services Department, to plan and implement various events and activities for our youth and police officers. The benefits of the Youth Outreach Program include building positive relationships with the youth of our community, mentoring and motivating youth to work hard in school, helping to build self-confidence and self-image, and providing a better understanding of police work.

Recruitment Contact

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