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Reserve Police Officer Program and Volunteer Officers

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The Los Angeles Police Reserves Corps is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers. Reserve Officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in every aspect of Department operations.

The Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps has hundreds of active reserve officers, and is the largest Police Department Reserve Unit in California. Accredited by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), the Los Angeles Police Department's Reserve officers are perhaps the finest in the nation.

The Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps continuously seeks qualified community members who meet the high standards necessary to become a Los Angeles Police Officer. The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department invite you to consider a second career with one of the nation's finest law enforcement agencies. The administrative functions of the Reserve Officer and Volunteer Section are overseen by the Officer-in-Charge, Sergeant Guillermo Galvan.

The Los Angeles Police Department is also seeking qualified Reserve Police Officers for lateral entry into its Police Reserve Corps. Lateral Reserve Officers will not have to attend another academy, only orientation type training to become familiar with LAPD policies and procedures. Applicants must have graduated from a POST approvedacademy. Candidates will be required to successfully complete the same processing criteria required for a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer. The first step is to attend a reserve orientation meeting.

The Reserve Officer orientation meeting is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the following location:

Personnel Building
700 E Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For additional information, please contact the Reserve Officer and Volunteer Unit, at (310) 342-3160.

The Rewards of Becoming a Reserve Officer

Reserve Officers are generally not content to play a passive role in life. Instead, they continue to devote more and more of their time and talents to the City of Los Angeles. They "get involved" for the betterment of their community, and by doing so, live up to the Reserve Corps' motto, "To be a Reserve is to be twice a citizen."

Because Reserve Officers are effective spokespersons in their neighborhoods for the support of law enforcement, their presence in the Department provides full-time officers with more insight into all segments of the City's population. Department personnel who have been associated with the Police Reserve Corps are continually impressed by the performance and dedication of its members.

How do the Reserve Officers fit into the organization of the Los Angeles Police Department? Because of the standards, the selection process and the training program for Reserve Officers, their acceptance by regular members of the Department has been extremely favorable. Some Patrol Officers have even requested to be assigned to work with a particular Reserve Officer. Reserve Officers have received numerous commendations for their actions in the field and are highly valued members of the LAPD team.

How to Become a Reserve Officer

If you are interested in serving the community by becoming a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer, you must attend an orientation session. This orientation is conducted on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Personnel Building (700 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). For additional information, call (310) 342-3160. Hope to see you there!

For additional information, please contact the Reserve Officer and Volunteer Unit, at (310) 342-3160.

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