Reserve Police Officer

Volunteer Position
Law Enforcement
Sacramento/Metro Area
Continuous or until 400 applicants

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


1000 Lincoln Ave Woodland, 95695



The Woodland Police Department is accepting applications for the volunteer position of Reserve Police Officer Level II. Possession of a valid certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. Basic Academy or valid certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. LEVEL II, MODULE COURSE must be submitted with your application. All correspondence will be through email.


To perform a variety of duties related to law enforcement and crime prevention work.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES – Under direct supervision, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Perform investigative work; preserve and investigate crime scenes; collect, process, photograph and present evidence using scientific techniques including fingerprints, fibers, blood, and related physical evidence.
• Conduct a variety of criminal investigations involving crimes against persons and property, auto theft, white collar crime, and narcotics; gather evidence and prepare cases for prosecution.
• Conduct covert, undercover investigations as assigned.
• Identify suspects; conduct interviews and interrogations; apprehend and arrest offenders.
• Patrol a designated area of the City to preserve law and order; discovers and prevents the commission of crimes.
• Respond to public service calls including felonies, animal complaints, domestic disturbances, civil complaints, and property control; contact and interview victims and witnesses.
• Participate in and provide support and assistance to special crime prevention programs; take an active role in area of public education relative to crime and crime prevention.
• Respond to burglary alarm activations; check buildings for physical security.
• Enforce state and local laws and ordinances; issue warnings and citations.
• Direct traffic at fires, special events, and other emergency or congested situations; assist with DUI checkpoints.
• Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed.
• Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, other law enforcement agencies and the public using principles of good customer service.
• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Basic knowledge of use of firearms and other modern police equipment and communications and information systems related to law enforcement.
• Principles and practices of law enforcement organization, methods and techniques.
• Pertinent local, State, and federal rules, regulations and laws.
• Practices and methods of public relations and customer service; techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication.
• Modern office equipment, methods, procedures, and computer hardware and software.
• Report writing techniques.

Ability to:

• On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of a Reserve Police Officer's job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe while conducting surveillance; problem solve crime situations; and explain law to public.
• On an intermittent basis, sit at desk or in patrol vehicle; walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; run and walk; continuously wear utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently carry weight of 100 pounds or less.
• Analyze situations quickly and objectively; determine and take emergency action as required.
• Learn to operate a computer as necessary to perform job duties.
• Understand and carry out written and oral directions.
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and reports.
• Deal tactfully with customers.
• Work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
• Communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


The Woodland Police Department is staffed with 64 sworn officers and 12 support employees. It, too, is expected to expand in size as the City grows. The Department is managed by a Chief of Police, a Police Captain, three Lieutenants, ten Sergeants, Support Services Manager, and a Police Records Supervisor. The Department has three Bureaus; Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations. Police Officers are assigned to all Bureaus where the work in various capacities and teams.   Within the Bureaus are many specialty units including K-9 , Traffic/Motors, School Resource Officers, Street Response Team, Narcotics Agent, Detectives, and Homeless Outreach Street Team.  There are a number of collateral duties available to officers to include SWAT, Crisis Negotiations Team, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard, Arrest & Control Instructors, Firearms Instructors, Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) instructors, Social Media Team and Bicycle Patrol. The Woodland Police Department prides itself in being a service orientated agency using a Community Oriented Policing model and Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) strategy. The Woodland Police Department welcomes and practices constant community engagement, outreach, and activism. The City's Police Activities League (PAL) was formed and is led by Woodland Police personnel who place an emphasis on providing accessible and healthy activities for the city's youth.




Woodland is a city of approximately 55,000 residents. Incorporated in 1871, Woodland is conveniently located on I-5 just 12 miles northwest of Sacramento and 9 miles north of U.C. Davis. Woodland’s primary business is agriculture and light industrial, including distribution centers for Target, True Value, Payless, and Walgreen’s. Woodland has a community college, 2 senior high schools, 2 junior high schools and 12 elementary schools in the public school district, supplemented by five private schools, grades K through 12. The area offers various recreation possibilities: water skiing and boating on the Sacramento River, Lake Berryessa and Lake Folsom; skiing in the Sierras, hunting and fishing; five golf courses; and many other youth and adult oriented recreations.

Ideal Candidate

Age:                 Must be 21 years of age.

Education:       High School diploma or equivalent.

Citizenship:      Must be a U.S. citizen, or have permanent resident alien status and applied for citizenship at time of appointment.

Possess:         California POST Level 2 Certificate or Basic Academy Certificate.



None Volunteer Position

Special Instructions


Apply utilizing the CalOpps website: https://www.calopps.org/default.cfm . Please be prepared to submit copies of your academy completion certificate and resume when requested.




An official City of Woodland application form must be filled out in its entirety. As applications from candidates are received, they will be screened based on: ability to follow direction, completeness, spelling, neatness, job qualifications, employment history, background questionnaire, and specific abilities. Only a select number of qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process which will include an essay examination and an oral panel interview. Those candidates successfully passing all phases of the examination process will be placed on a Police Officer eligibility list for further consideration by the Chief of Police. Candidates selected by the Chief of Police for hire must successfully complete and pass: a background investigation, psychological testing, and a pre-employment medical examination.          

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