WHO ARE RESERVE POLICE OFFICERS?
Reserve police officers with the Phoenix Police Department
are civic-minded and highly motivated men and women who work in various career
jobs in the private and governmental sectors, and who also volunteer to serve
our community as part-time, full-authority police officers.
Our reserve police officers come from many professional
backgrounds, and they have included business owners, physicians, teachers,
bankers, engineers, commercial airline pilots, firefighters, attorneys,
mortgage brokers, stockbrokers, salespersons, graphic designers, real estate
brokers, information system managers, members of the military and many other
Reserve police officers complete the same selection process,
and the same police academy training as full-time, career police officers. Reserve officers then work independently, as
solo-capable police officers, in uniform patrol. After gaining sufficient
police officer experience, reserve police officers have the opportunity to work
in many specialty assignments such as detectives, motorcycle officers, school
resource officers, pilots, airport officers and transit officers, among
The Reserve Division of the Phoenix Police
Department is nationally recognized as one of the finest reserve police officer
organizations in the United States. In 2018 we celebrated 100 years of the
reserve program service to the City of Phoenix. The program has changed some
since 1918 but what hasn't changed is the dedication to duty and service
Reserve Officers have. You can read all about this 100 year history in a new
120 page book, "The Phoenix Police Reserve: A Centennial of Service".
you have the commitment and drive to join the ranks of this elite police
organization, and you are seeking an opportunity to earn your commission as a
fully- sworn Arizona peace officer, and to serve and protect your community,
please contact a recruiter today. For
more information about the Reserve Division, please visit the
Phoenix Police Reserve website or call 602-534-9000.
BENEFITS OF BEING A RESERVE OFFICER
As a reserve police officer, you will enjoy and receive many benefits, including:
Ability to maintain current career, military, and/or educational commitments
Receive 39 college credit hours while attending the police academy
Night and weekend academy dates
Smaller academy class sizes
Receive AZPOST full-authority peace officer status upon academy completion
Receive payment for court overtime and standby, and are eligible to work off-duty employment
Receive annual uniform allowance
Receive basic leather duty belt/gear, equipment, and service weapon
Ability to work in patrol or 80+ specialty details
BECOMING A RESERVE OFFICER
STEP 1: Physical Agility Assessment
first step in becoming a reserve police recruit is to fully complete the
background packet. In order to continue with the application process, please
open the two documents below, complete the background packet according to the
instructions, and return your completed background packet to the Reserve
Division for review. Please contact a recruiter at (602) 534-9000 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to return.
Background Packet Instructions
STEP 2: Background Questionnaire Investigation & Interview
returning a fully completed background packet, qualified applicants will contacted
a short time later (1-4 weeks) to set-up the initial background interview.
Applicants will now be required to bring a completed resume to their first
STEP 3: Polygraph Examination
Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, professional examiner. The test will confirm information noted on the applicant's background investigation packet.
STEP 4: Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
only to those who successfully pass the first 4 steps in the hiring
process. The test will be administered
at the Phoenix Regional Academy and will be scheduled by an assigned background
detective. The test consists of the
following 5 assessments:
99-YARD OBSTACLE COURSE: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
BODY DRAG: Lift and drag 165-pound, lifelike dummy 32 feet.
CHAIN-LINK FENCE: Run five yards to a six-foot, chain-link fence, climb over fence continue running another 25 yards.
SOLID FENCE CLIMB: Run five yards to a six-foot solid fence, climb over fence continue running another 25 yards.
500-YARD RUN: Run 500 yards (equivalent to one lap plus 60 yards of a standard running track).
STEP 5: Psychological Test
Applicants will be evaluated by a licensed psychologist.
STEP 6: Medical Examination
Applicants will undergo a complete medical examination given by a licensed physician.
STEP 7: Controlled Substance Screening
Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis at some point in the hiring process.
SERVING AS A RESERVE POLICE OFFICER
Reserve police officers are required to volunteer 240 hours of police services each year, in addition to attending four quarterly meetings, completing four special police enforcement events, and completing all police department training and proficiency requirements. Solo-capable reserve officers are able to select their precinct, squad, work days, shift hours and schedules.
In addition to initially serving as a uniformed patrol officer, experienced reserve police officers have the opportunity to work in any of the specialty details with the Phoenix Police Department serving as a reserve police officer is a unique and rewarding opportunity to serve your community, and make a difference in people's lives.
If you have further questions about becoming a reserve police officer, please visit
Phoenix Police Reserve website or call a Reserve Division recruiter at 602-534-9000, today.
Protect and Serve. Become a Reserve!