The Concord Police Department's Police Reserve Association offers individuals a challenging opportunity to be of service to their fellow citizens. As a reserve officer, you will assist the regular members of the department in the fulfillment of its mission to protect and to serve.
When you become a police reserve officer, you will be trained for law enforcement service by experienced officers. This training meets the standards established by Post for both regular and reserve police officers.
The Concord Police Department furnishes all uniforms and safety equipment to its officers. You will be required to perform a minimum of twenty hours of duty a month, which includes training and meetings. You will not receive a salary for service with the reserve association. The association will, if the member is not reimbursed by another means, compensate members for time spent in court.
Government Code requirements and requirements by the Concord Police Department Policy include:
- Age - Minimum age of 21 years. The reserve coordinator can authorize exceptions. Applications may be accepted at age 20 but no appointments will be made prior to 21st birthday.
- Background - Must have a desirable record - free from convictions by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison. No use of illegal substances within the last three years. No sales of any illegal substances whatsoever. Must be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
- Citizenship - Must be a citizen of the United States.
- Driver's License - A valid California Class "C" driver's license or the equivalent is required at the time of appointment.
- Education - Must be a high school graduate or pass the General Education Development test. A copy of diploma or GED equivalent must be submitted.
- Health - After examination by a licensed physician, the applicant must be found to be in general good health, free from any medical, physical or emotional impairment that would prevent you from performing the job of reserve officer.
- Hearing - Normal hearing acuity.
- Height and Weight - Weight in good proportion to height.
- Residence - Must live within a reasonable distance to the City. The reserve coordinator can authorize exceptions.
- Vision - Visual acuity of not less than 20/100 (uncorrected) in each eye, corrected to 20/30 in each eye. No marked red-green deficiency or color vision. Each eye free from any abnormal condition or disease which might adversely affect performance of duty.
Call 925-603-5902 and indicate your desire to take the reserve officer tests. You will be sent a letter giving the date of the next examination. You must have completed the P.C. 832 Course, arrest and firearms and be enrolled in Level III Course at the time of application. If you have not completed the P.C. 832 class, contact local junior colleges and adult education centers for schedules.
The following will happen during the application process:
- Submission of an application for reserve officer membership (PDF).
- Aptitude Test - Each candidate must attain a satisfactory score in the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Examination. (Any applicant who successfully passed the written portion of the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Examination within one year of application for reserve membership can have the written exam waived.)
- Physical Agility Test - Each candidate must pass a physical agility test.
- Oral Interview - Applicant's acceptability shall be determined by a board composed of members of the reserve association and/or regular department.
- Polygraph (lie detector) Examination - Each candidate must complete a confidential questionnaire and polygraph examination.
- Medical Examination - Applicants must be physically fit as determined by the city physician, at no expense to the candidate.
- Psychological Examination - Applicants must be mentally fit as determined by the city psychologist, at no expense to the candidate.
- Background Check - An investigation into each applicant's background shall be conducted to determine his suitability as a reserve officer.
Reserve Officers will be appointed at the levels for which they are qualified, based upon academic work, training and/or experience as indicated:
- Level III Reserve - Requires completion of 40 hours of Reserve Orientation, and completion of 832 PC course (56 hours) and Level III course. Covers basic law enforcement skills. Can only participate in specific limited support duties that are not physical arrests, while supervised in the accessible vicinity by a Level I reserve officer of a full-time officer. Level II reserve officers may transport prisoners without immediate supervision
- Level II Reserve - Requires completion of certified 832 PC course (64 hours), and Level II and Level II, a minimum of 90 hours of instruction to include first aid, CPR, firearms, baton and the role of the backup officer (146 hours total), completion of 240 hour FTO program, and completion of 40 hours of Reserve Orientation. This is the minimum level at which active participation in the reserve program is allowed by law. Level II can not work alone, must be with a regular officer when performing patrol functions, can work school or city details with other qualified reserve officers.
- Limited Non-Designated Level I - Completion of 832 PC, Level III, Level II, and Level I Courses (68 hours) (total of 215 hours) or completion of a Basic Police Academy, completion of 750 hours of training including completion of 240 hours FTO program, and completion of 40 hours of Reserve Orientation.
- Non-Designated Level I: Requires a POST Basic Certificate or equivalent, completion of 80 hours of training with an officer of the rank of corporal or above, 750 hours of training including 240 hours FTO program, and completion of 40 hours of Reserve Orientation. This is an optional appointment level, you are not required to attend the training courses necessary to reach this level, however, if you want the ability to be able to work alone or with another Level I, you must be a Level I.