Police Reserves

Reserve officers - bike and car - in front of Police Headquarters.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.

For more information on the reserve program, please call Lieutenant Tim Runyon at 925-603-5902.

Requirements - Minimum Standards

(Government Code Requirements and by Concord Police Department Policy)

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.

Citizenship - Must be a citizen of the United States.

Residence - Must live within a reasonable distance to the City. The reserve coordinator can authorize exceptions.

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.

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 & Weight - Weight in good proportion to height.

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.

Driver's License - A valid California Class "C" driver's license or the equivalent is required at the time of appointment.

How to Apply

Contact Lt. Tim Runyon at (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.

  1. Submission of an application for reserve officer membership.
  2. 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.)
  3. Physical Agility Test - Each candidate must pass a physical agility test.
  4. Oral Interview - Applicant's acceptability shall be determined by a board composed of members of the reserve association and/or regular department.
  5. Polygraph (lie detector) Examination - Each candidate must complete a confidential questionnaire and polygraph examination.
  6. Medical Examination - Applicants must be physically fit as determined by the city physician, at no expense to the candidate.
  7. Psychological Examination - Applicants must be mentally fit as determined by the city psychologist, at no expense to the candidate.
  8. Background Check - An investigation into each applicant's background shall be conducted to determine his suitability as a reserve officer.


  1. Upon acceptance, each member will be issued a uniform and all safety equipment.
  2. Workmen's Compensation - If you are injured on the job or incur a job-related illness, you are entitled to the following benefits:
    Medical Payments - All medical expenses incurred are fully paid, e.g., hospital, doctor, therapy, prescriptions, etc.
    Temporary Disability Indemnity Payments - May be made if there is a permanent disability or handicap as a result of the injury (e.g., loss of use of a finger, loss of sight or hearing, grip loss, etc.). The amount of this award is generally determined by medical opinion and/or the Worker's Comp Appeals Board.
    Death Benefits - $95,000 for widow only, $115,000 for a widow with one or more dependent children. Benefits include $5,000 for burial.
  3. Attendance at reserve association social events (including spouse or date), at no expense.

Concord Police Reserve Association Regulations Duty Outline and Expectations

Your acceptance as a member and your continued membership in the Concord Police Reserves is, in part, subject to your compliance with the following:

  1. The duties of members of the Police Reserve Association are ordinarily confined to:
    1. Patrol car operations; second officer or back-up officer in a radio car; or station assignments, such as desk or jail.
    2. Traffic control when required for safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians at accident scenes, at malfunctioning mechanically controlled intersections, or other hazardous situations.
    3. Crowd control and specialized assignments, such as parades, dances, football games, and other places of public gatherings.
  2. In case of an emergency or major disaster proclaimed by the Chief of Police, the Governor, or Mayor of the City, members shall be called to serve as directed by the Chief of Police.
    1. Except in case of a serious emergency or major disaster, members shall not be called away from their regular employment to perform police reserve assignments.
  3. Each member must maintain his/her personal appearance, uniform, and equipment according to department standards. In the event of resignation or separation, all issued equipment must be returned immediately to the Police Reserve Association Coordinator.
  4. Each member must successfully complete all training courses required by law. Each member should also satisfactorily complete required in-service training and a 12 month probationary period. If a member is unable to attend in service training he/she will be required to obtain at least 24 hrs. of CTP skills as defined by P.O.S.T. every 2 years. That can be accomplished at the yearly reserve conference or pre-planned special reserve training classes.
  5. Every member must attend all scheduled assignments, scheduled meetings, and special meetings as directed, unless excused.
  6. The Reserve Association and Administrative-Services Division must be kept informed of any change in residence or business address and telephone number.
  7. Every member shall inform his or her employer of his/her affiliation with the reserve association and of their obligation as a member.

Appointment Levels

Reserve Officers will be appointed at the levels for which they are qualified, based upon academic work, training and/or experience as indicated below:

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.

*P.O.S.T Guidelines per Commission Regulations 1007(b)

Guidelines for Acceptance of Police Reserve Applications

The following disqualifiers apply to applicants for Reserve Police Officer:

  1. Conviction of any felony.
  2. Conviction or involvement in any crime, the nature of which would impair the usefulness of the applicant or cause embarrassment to the Police Department.
  3. Any felonies committed although not arrested/convicted within the past three years prior to application.
  4. Any pattern of thievery or dishonesty, prior to application.
  5. Conviction of any sex crime and/or commission of any sex act in which the applicant was an adult and the other party was under 14 years of age or any sex act perpetrated against the will of the other party.
  6. Any conduct of such notoriety as would tend to bring discredit to the Department.
  7. Any conviction or pattern of non-felony convictions that would be clearly indicative of a job related behavior problem on the part of the applicant.
  8. Intentional falsification of any required application or report.
  9. Disciplinary termination as a Peace Officer where termination would be the appropriate disciplinary action for a similar offense committed as a Police Officer employed by the Concord Police Department.
  10. Illegal Use of Drugs
    1. Any sales of drugs.
    2. Any use of heroin or other opiate.
    3. Any use of a drug classified as an hallucinogen.
    4. Injection of any illegal drug.
    5. Use of marijuana within one year prior to date of application.
    6. Use of any other illegal drug (except as otherwise addressed) within three years prior to date of application.
    7. Use of steroids within three years prior to date of application.
    8. Manufacture, cultivation, or production of any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance.
    9. Use of any illegal drug while being employed by a public safety agency.
    10. Use of any illegal drug during time period of making application to a public safety agency.

Any exception to the listed automatic disqualifiers must be approved by the Chief of Police.

Concord Police Reserve Association (C.P.R.A.) Organization and Other Facts

  1. Board of Directors elected by membership on an annual basis; squad leaders appointed by the Board of Directors.
  2. Most administrative "chores" handled for reserves by reserves.
  3. A reserve association and reserve officers have served the City of Concord for over twenty years.
  4. The C.P.R.A. is recognized by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training as one of the best reserve organizations in the state.
  5. No dues requirement.
  6. Motto of the C.P.R.A. is "Voluntary service with pride, integrity and professionalism."
  7. Service as a reserve officer is given consideration by many departments in their hiring process for police officers.
  8. Reserve officers are often requested by other bureaus within the department to assist in such tasks as: execution of search and arrest warrants, crime scene preservation and search, stakeouts, and special enforcement operations.
  9. The utmost importance is placed on officer safety. Continual in-service training is provided. Attendance at specialized training given to regular officers is encouraged.


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