Police Reserve Officer
City of Pasadena - Pasadena, CA

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Under direction, a Police Reserve Officer supports the operation of the police department in a variety of assignments.

(Reserve officers will be compensated for working certain special events)


Essential Functions:

Based on level designations below, essential functions may include the following:

Responds to emergencies; investigates crimes and unusual or suspicious conditions; makes arrests; prepares police reports; issues citations and regulates traffic; prepares traffic collision reports; represents the Police Department in community relations and public information projects or programs; participates in the in-service training of police personnel; prepares evidence and appears in court; administers first aid and provides assistance to injured persons; and performs related duties as assigned.

Level of Reserve Officers

Reserve Level I: Officers may work alone and perform the same duties as full-time regular officer. Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Reserve Level II: Officers perform general law enforcement assignments while under the immediate supervision of a regular officer. Must be 21 years of age at the time of appointment.

Reserve Level III : Officers perform specified limited support duties that are not likely to result in physical arrest, while supervised in the accessible vicinity by a Level I reserve officer or a full-time regular officer. Must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment.

Qualification Guidelines:

Education and/or experience
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance, such as: graduation from high school (or GED or Proficiency Certificate).

Vision must be at least 20/100 correctable to 20/30.

Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must obtain U.S. citizenship within three (3) years from date of employment application.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess the ability to: read and understand departmental policies, rules, instructions, laws, regulations, and police literature; evaluate sensitive and dangerous situations quickly and adopt an effective and reasonable course of action; write clear and accurate reports; understand and follow oral instructions; interact and communicate tactfully and effectively with a culturally diverse population; develop and utilize skills in the operation of automobiles; make input to computer terminals; keen observation and ability to remember names, faces, and details of incidents; Level III Reserve Officer's occasionally lift up to 50 lbs. Level I and II Reserve Officer's must possess physical ability to effect a forceful arrest; lift and carry up to 20 lbs. on a regular basis, with occasional need to lift 100-200 lbs.; climb, walk, and run, sometimes under demanding and dangerous conditions; work outdoors in all kinds of weather; and have manual dexterity to operate firearms.

Those applicants who appear best qualified based on their application submitted will be invited to any combination of written, performance, and oral appraisal to further evaluate their job-related experience, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

There are various volunteer opportunities in the Police Department. Successful candidate(s) will be scheduled for the training academy.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid Class C California Drivers License at time of appointment and as a condition of continued employment.

Satisfactory completion of the required training academy and field training. Sixteen hours minimum field duty per month. Attendance at monthly meetings. Level I and II reserves must qualify bi-monthly with firearms and receive a minimum of 24 hours POST Training every two years.

PERSONAL HISTORY REVIEW - The Personal History Review process is conducted by the Police Department. Be advised that by receiving and completing this packet does not automatically put you in the background process. It merely allows the Police Department to determine your suitability towards moving forward with a complete background investigation.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION - The background investigation will include a comprehensive investigation of your background, education and employment history (including a credit, criminal and DMV review), a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a medical examination.

Conviction of any felony offense, certain misdemeanor offenses, or any offense reflecting lack of character, judgment, or morals, or an other than honorable military discharge may be cause for disqualification. Per State Law, candidates must be free from any emotional, mental, or physical condition, including weight, which might adversely affect the exercise of the power of a peace officer.

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