Friday, August 1, 2014


Reserve Officers are an excellent way to "test drive" people before you go to the time and expense of hiring them as a Regular, full time officer.  While the Reserves are screened the same way, they are often not counted in the budget the same way as a Regular.  So many agencies are allowed to hire as many Reserves as they want.

Some Reserves will want to remain Reserves, but some will want to be hired as full time police.  By having them work part time, they will gain experience and knowledge of your agency.  You can see if they are a good fit in the informal organization, if they are hard working and ethical.

Reserves who do well, can be offered full time positions and often given an express new hire process, not unlike a lateral transfer.  Often you can waive some of the testing since you have already done much of it as part of their Reserve hiring process.  Sometimes they can be hired without competition from outside candidates since they are internal to the agency.  Reserves can be a good addition to your agency; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

A reserve riding with a few different cops over a few months will tell the bosses more about that person's personality and character than any background check ever could.

Mike Creek said...

That's exactly correct.