Under general supervision, a Reserve Police Officer performs a variety of law enforcement and modern crime prevention work; controls traffic flow; patrols an assigned area for the prevention of crime and enforcement of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and arrests violators as necessary; performs investigative work; and other related law enforcement work as required.
Reserve Police Officers are also utilized at special events, such as parades, street fairs or security for major events. Other duties include, support services to other units within the Department, investigations, DUI checkpoints, saturation patrol or other duties as assigned. Reserve Police Officers perform most of the same duties as a full-time officer.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Under general supervision on an assigned shift:
- Patrol assigned area in car or on foot for the prevention of crime and enforcement of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and arrests violators as necessary.
- Answer calls for the protection of life and property and the enforcement of local, county, and State laws.
- Stop drivers operating vehicles unsafely or in violation of laws, and issues traffic and parking citations.
- Observe assigned areas for suspicious acts and unsafe conditions
- Report abandoned vehicles.
- Direct traffic, including regulation of vehicle flow, at times of emergency or congestion.
- Conduct preliminary and/or follow-up investigations of crimes and disturbances including burglaries, thefts, robberies, narcotics action, deaths, assaults and accidents.
- Serve warrants and subpoenas.
- Testify in court at civil and criminal hearings.
- Administer first-aid.
- Prepare reports for arrests, investigations at crime or traffic accident scenes.
- Collect and preserve evidence.
- Transport prisoners.
- May be assigned special investigations or liaison duties.
- May assume responsibility for special department projects.
- May work overtime or irregular hours.
- And other related duties as assigned.
- Demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory.
- Learn standard radio codes and dispatch procedures.
- Make mature independent decisions.
- Analyze situations accurately and develop effective course of action.
- Learn, understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations and ordinances in a fair and impartial manner.
- Prepare clear and concise written reports.
- Understand and carry out oral and written directions in a timely manner.
- Meet and maintain standards for adequate physical endurance and agility.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work.
- Demonstrate cultural awareness and ethic sensitivity through mature interpersonal skills.
- Accurately aim and fire a weapon.
- Bilingual fluency in Spanish and Asian languages is highly desired.
- All basic police operations as taught in California Basic Police Academy.
- Federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding civil, criminal and traffic violations, and the conduct of law enforcement operations including arrest, search, seizure, incarceration, interrogation, investigation and use of deadly force.
- City streets, buildings and geography.
- Safe operation of motor vehicles.
- Department policy and procedures for officer conduct.
- Appropriate instantaneous responses to life-threatening and otherwise volatile law enforcement situations.
- Safe and appropriate use of firearms and other weapons.
- Public relations and contact.
Experience and Education
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
- Graduation from a California Basic Police Academy.
- Completion of the twelfth grade or equivalent and supplemental courses or special training in law enforcement work.
Possession of an appropriate valid California operator’s license issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Strength, stamina, coordination and balance to stand and walk for long periods, bend and reach to conduct inspections, climb up and down ladders, run in pursuit of detainees, physically restrain uncooperative and violent individuals, drive vehicles in high speed pursuit, carry equipment and supplies; remain alert in a confined space on all shifts; vision to see details in low light; coordination, vision and strength for use of firearms; occasional lifting of objects weighing up to fifty pounds; strength to move the weight of an adult human body.
Work in confined spaces, stress of working with detainees, persons under the influence of alcohol and drugs, emotional individuals and resistive and combative persons; stress of exposure to personally dangerous individuals and circumstances including dead, injured and sick individuals; exposure to individuals with communicable diseases; exposure to hazardous material.
A copy of the applicant’s current Department of Motor Vehicles driving record and P.O.S.T. Academy graduation certificate must be submitted with application.