Reserve police officers volunteer their time by assisting with a variety of law enforcement duties, from providing additional staffing at special city functions to assisting after natural disasters. Men and women choose to be reserve officers for several reasons. Some reserve officers are considering a career in law enforcement and serving as reserve police officers helps them gain valuable experience. Other reserve officers are employed in a variety of other fields, but are interested in law enforcement and making Sierra Madre a safer place to live.
Reserve officers must pass the same selection standards as full-time officers and have the same academy and field training requirements. Most reserves work patrol duties as a partner with a full-time officer, but some have enough experience to function in a single-person capacity during their on-duty shift. Reserve officers wear the same uniform and cannot be distinguished by appearance from a full-time officer, and while working, reserve officers carry the same duties and responsibilities as full-time compensated police officers. Sierra Madre reserve officers must work 16 hours per month to maintain their status with the Department.
Reserve officers are vital in filling gaps in personnel needs and save the community in overtime costs with many of the tasks they perform. Several current, full-time police officers began with Sierra Madre as reserve officers.
For more information contact Sergeant Joe Oritz.