SPOKANE, Wash.--The Spokane Police Department’s Volunteer Services Unit announced the testing date for new Reserve Officers. They also announced when the Reserve Academy is set for.
The department said Reserve Officers are a critical component of the Spokane Police Department and help full-time officers with patrol-related duties.
Reserve Officers can exercise powers of arrest, enforce motor vehicle laws, operate a police vehicle under emergency conditions, respond to crime scenes and perform criminal investigations, help in special operations, and are available for special details and call-outs.
Reserves are un-paid volunteers. Applicants that are selected into the program attend a 270 hour Reserve Officer Academy.
The Academy includes Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening classes from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and all day Saturday training. At the end of the academy there is a certification examination administered by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission prior to graduation.
The Reserve Academy for 2014 will be in September.
To be a Reserve Officer you must be 20 years of age at the time of application and 21 at the time of appointment. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0, a valid driver license with no suspensions within the last 5 years, meet department drug usage standards and criminal history standards and you must be a US citizen or a legal alien.
Once the Academy training is complete, Reserve Officers carry a full police commission while on duty and work side by side with our full time officers to enforce city and state laws. Volunteers who become Reserve Officers are able to have a flexible patrol schedule.
All applicants who attend the Reserve Academy are asked to commit to a minimum of two-years with the program and be able to attend training once a month on Wednesday evenings, as well as volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per month.
There are several steps towards becoming a Reserve Officer. The first step is a Physical Agility Assessment, which includes at 300-meter sprint, push-ups, sit-ups and a mile and a half run.
The first date for the Physical Agility Assessment is March 8, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Spokane Police Academy on N. Waterworks Street. There will be future tests in April and May. Those interested in participating in the program should contact the Spokane Police Department Volunteer Services Unit at (509) 363-8281.