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    Pasadena Police Department Wants You Police Reserves 

    Perhaps you have always wondered what it would be like to be a Police Officer, but…Don’t want to be a Full-Time Police Officer. Or perhaps you want to try the job out before making a lifetime commitment. Perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to work the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl Football Game…Or know what it is like to do what you’ve seen on “Cops”. Perhaps you can only give a few hours a week as a “part-time” Police Officer.

    Then becoming a RESERVE POLICE OFFICER may be the job for YOU!

    Reserve Police Officers attend a 6-month part time Police Academy, generally two nights a week (4 hours each night) and a full day on Saturday or Sunday (8 hours). The department pays for the Academy and your equipment. Upon graduating the police academy, you start a Field Training Program, which roughly mirrors the Academy (16 hours per week), after which, you will become a Level II Reserve Police Officer.

    As a Level II Reserve Police Officer, you will virtually do everything a full time police officer does, except you will always be with a fully trained police officer as a partner. You will see what it is like to respond to emergency calls, catch criminals, lend a helping hand when needed, or chat with children as a role model in society.

    There are also opportunities to make some extra money from time to time once you have fulfilled your monthly hourly requirements.

    We also encourage those of you who have completed a Basic Academy to apply to become a Level I Reserve Officer. Sorry, at this time, we will not send Reserve Officer Applicants to a Basic Academy.

  • Police Reserve Requirements

    Level I Reserve Officer

    Training Requirements: Completion of the POST Regular Basic Course or Reserve modules I, II and III Additionally, the candidate must complete the Department Field Training Program.

    Assignment Requirements: Level I Reserve Officers must complete 16 hours of department recognized service per month. At least 8 of those hours must be performed in patrol operations. Level I Reserves may be certified to work a patrol car alone and may be used to supervise other reserve officers.

    Other Requirements: Level I Reserve Officers must complete 24 hours of POST “Continued Professional Training” every 2 years, remain current in First Aid/CPR and must participate in firearms training and scheduled meetings.

    Level II Reserve Officer

    Training Requirements: Completion of the POST-Certified Level II Academy (generally two nights a week (4 hours each night) and a full 8 hour day on Saturday or Sunday). The department pays for the Academy and equipment. Additionally, the candidate must complete the Department Field Training Program.

    Assignment Requirements: Level II Reserve Officers must complete 16 hours of department recognized service per month. At least 8 of those hours must be performed in patrol operations. Level II Reserve Officers may work any assignment while under direct supervision.

    Other Requirements: Level II Reserve Officers must participate in firearms training and attend scheduled meetings. They are encouraged to participate in other training opportunities.

    Level III Reserve Officer

    Training Requirements: Completion of the POST-Certified Level III Academy and completion of appropriate field training for specific assignments.

    Assignment Requirements: Level III Reserve Officers must complete 16 hours of department recognized service per month which can include a variety of assignments for which training has been completed. Level III Reserves can also work special events and paid assignments such as traffic control at Rose Bowl events.

    Other Requirements: Level III Reserve Officers must attend scheduled meetings and are encouraged to attend other Reserve Officer training opportunities.

    For more information, Call the Reserve Officer Hotline at

    (626) 744-7159