Reserve Police Officers are a special category of police officers set by state law, and basically used to augment full time paid police officers. They are volunteers who donate their time to supplement the regular patrol force. They apply for a variety of reasons and come from a broad spectrum of society. Many have successful careers outside law enforcement and apply because of a sense of civic pride while others are contemplating a career in law enforcement.
The duties assigned a reserve officer depend on the level of training they have received.
Reserve officers do have peace officer powers when on-duty and only then. At all other times they have the same rights and responsibilities as any citizen, but not peace officer powers.
Reserve officer are required to complete an Oklahoma basic reserve police academy for a reserve officer. This will allow the department to utilize the reserve officer in any capacity that department desires.
Pawnee Police Department generally uses reserve officers to assist full-time officers in their daily patrol duties and special assignments such as traffic control, transportation, parades, picnics, surveillance, and special recreation and school events. There are exceptions to these assignments depending on their level of training. Some equipment and an initial uniform are provided.
The Pawnee Police Department has authorization for up to 10 reserve officers. Applications are accepted continuously. Applicants go through the same extensive screening process as full-time officers and must then complete a minimum of 200 hours of in-field training. During this training the reserve officer works the streets of Pawnee with a Field Training Officer.
The Pawnee Police Department is always looking for good applicants that desire to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. Some of our present full-time officers came from the reserve organization and were sent to an academy by the department when selected.
For more information on the Pawnee Police Department Reserve Program or an application, contact the Reserve Coordinator, Sergeant Fenton at (918)762-3166 or you can email Officer Keeling at [email protected]
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