Reserve Officer

Department: Police Department
Position Title: Reserve Officers
Job Type:
Closing Date: Continuious
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The Fife Police Department is currently accepting applications for RESERVE POLICE OFFICER. FPD will be testing for reserves in late September to prepare for a January 2014 academy. The academy will be run through the Fife Police Department. This is a volunteer, non-paid, position. Reserve Officers are used to supplement patrol operations and special events within the City of Fife. Serving as a Reserve Police Officer is a rewarding experience and excellent way to serve the community. Applicants must be 21 years of age, posses a valid Washington State driver’s license, have a high school diploma or G.E.D, and have a clean criminal background. Reserve Officers serve at the discretion of the Chief of Police and are not part of the Fife Police Guild.

WAC 139-05-810 Basic training requirement for reserve officers.

(1) For the purposes herein:

(a) “Reserve officer” includes any law enforcement officer who does not serve as a law

enforcement officer of this state on a full-time basis, but who, when called by such agency into

active service, is fully commissioned on the same basis as full-time officers to enforce the

criminal laws of this state; and

(b) “Field assignment” includes any period of active service wherein the assigned officer is

expected to take routine and/or special enforcement actions, independently or otherwise, in the

same manner and capacity as a full-time officer with such assignment.

(2) For the purposes of the Washington Mutual Aid Peace Officers Powers Act, chapter 10.93

RCW, every individual who is commissioned as a specially commissioned reserve peace officer in

this state will obtain a basic reserve certificate as a precondition of the exercise of authority

pursuant to such act; provided that, any individual possessing a basic reserve certificate issued

by the commission prior to January 1, 1989, will be deemed to have met this requirement.

(3) Upon approval of an applicant’s eligibility to participate in the reserve process, the applicant’s

employing agency must submit to the commission all requested records, information and proof of

background check as a precondition of participation within such process.

(4) Each applicant that has been offered a conditional offer of employment as a reserve officer

must take and successfully pass a psychological and a polygraph test or similar assessment

procedure, administered pursuant to RCW 43.101.105 (2)(a)(i) and (ii).

(5) A basic reserve certificate will be issued by the commission to any individual who successfully

completes a basic course of instruction for reserve officers as prescribed and required by the


(6) Requirements of subsection (5) of this section may be waived in whole or in part. A request

for waiver must be made under WAC 139-03-030. In reviewing such request, the commission will

consider the following:

(a) An evaluation of an applicant’s experience and training accomplishments;

(b) The fact that an individual is a regular full-time commissioned law enforcement officer who

leaves full-time employment; or

(c) The fact that an officer has been certified in accordance with the requirements of subsection

(2) of this section, and thereafter has engaged in regular and commissioned law enforcement

employment without break or interruption in excess of twelve months duration.

Reserve Program Website:

To Apply:

Reserve Police Officer Information:

If you are chosen to continue, follow-up tests will include:

  • Chief’s interview
  • Full background investigation
  • Polygraph exam
  • Psychological Exam
  • Medical exam

Reserve applicants who are chosen will then be a student in the Fife Reserve Police Officer Academy. This consists of approximately 310 hours of police related training. The academy meets every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6 pm – 10 pm, and all day on Saturdays, from early January until mid May (exact dates TBD). Attendance is required to graduate and receive a Reserve Police Officer Commission.

Please forward any questions you have to Reserve Sgt. Ray Ossman at or reserve Lt. Robert Moser at

The City of Fife is an equal opportunityā€ˇ employer.