The Livermore Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer organization founded in 1957 to supplement full time paid police officers. The primary function of Reserve Officers is to serve as "backup" officers for the regulars. They are also used in a variety of other support functions such as traffic control, bicycle patrol, crime scene security, security at public events and school functions, prisoner transports, report takers, criminal investigations, plus a myriad of other duties.
What Are the Duties of Reserve Officers?
Reserve Officers are appointed at any of three different levels:
- Level III
- Duties: Limited support duties including traffic control, security at parades and sporting events, prisoner and evidence transportation, parking enforcement, and other duties that are not likely to result in physical arrests.
- Training: Level III Module (162 hours) + Field Training (hours to be determined)
- Level II
- Duties: In addition to the duties specified for Level III, may conduct general law enforcement duties while under the supervision of a full time peace officer or Level I reserve officer. This can entail serving as a backup or performing general police duties as the "primary" officer under the supervision as specified above. This is the level at which most reserve officers serve
- Training: Level III & Level II Modules (386 hours) + Field Training (216) plus 24 hours update training every 2 years (minimum)
- Level I
- Duties: Same as regular, full-time paid police officer.
- Training: Regular Basic Course (Police Academy - 664 hours) + Field Training (480 hours) plus 24 hours update training every 2 years (minimum)
How Much Time Must I Commit?
Reserve officers must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month (average). And attend a mandatory monthly business/training meeting. Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each month and average 3 to 4 hours in length.
What is the Testing Process?
- Physical Agility
- Oral Board
- Background Investigation
- drug screen
- polygraph examination
- psychological examination
- medical examination
- Chief of Police interview/appointment
What Equipment is Provided?
The Police Department provides uniform and safety gear including:
- 1 pair uniform trousers
- 1 long sleeve and 1 short sleeve shirt
- 1 "tuffy" jacket
- 1 class "A" police cap
- rain gear
- utility uniform
- plus annual replacement on an "as needed" basis
- Safety Equipment:
- Leather gear
- ballistic vest
- O.C. spray (after training)
What Must I Provide?
- A positive attitude, and desire to be part of an outstanding team of men and women who have found they can make a difference.
- A commitment to meet the challenges necessary to become a member of a professional family whose goal is to make LIvermore a safe and enjoyable place to work and live and play.