What Are Reserve Officers?
Reserves are non-paid citizens that receive extensive training to serve as "supplemental" and support police officers. Longview Police Reserves are never used to replace regular police officers. Rather, reserve officers are used to supplement and assist the patrol and detective divisions. In addition, reserves play a key role in all major events in Longview; including parades and 4th of July lake bank activities. Reserves are also called upon to assist when unexpected events occur such as flooding, high winds, major crime scenes and disasters.
The Longview Police Department is currently authorized twenty (20) reserve officer positions.
Becoming a Longview Police Reserve:
Open enrollment for new reserve officers is held once per year, usually in April and May. Entry-level applications are NOT accepted any other time. Current reserve officers from other departments are welcome to apply year round.
If you are interested in joining the Longview Police Reserves, you must be: 21 years of age, possess a valid Washington drivers license, be a citizen of the United States, live within one hour of the police department, have a High School diploma or GED, fluently read and write the English language, be of good health, physically fit, no felony convictions, no convictions of any crime which would preclude gun ownership (including domestic violence assault), no arrests for offenses involving moral turpitude or a pattern of arrests indicating moral character of a questionable nature, be regularly employed or a full time student, good credit, good work record, good driving record, very limited prior drug usage and, without exception, crime and drug free for one year. This includes ANY crime even if you were not arrested or charged (discovered during background and polygraph investigation).
The Longview Police Reserve program has developed an outstanding reputation; one of innovation and leadership- locally and statewide. Our commitment is to continue our pattern of high standards, quality officers and exceptional service to the citizens of Longview.
Longview Reserve Officers are expected to donate a minimum of twelve hours per month, attend all required training, and respond anytime, at all hours, when a call-out is activated.
Applicants must pass a written examination, physical ability test, extensive background investigation, polygraph, psychological examination and drug screening. The standards are high. In fact, reserve officers must meet the same standards as those of a regular Longview Police Officer.
Applicants who pass all the background processing are required to attend an academy. Currently, our reserves applicants attend Clark County Reserve Academy located at 505 NW 179th Street, Ridgefield, Washington 98642. It is a six month long academy and is held on Tuesdays and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from January to June. Students must pass a comprehensive written and practical examination to graduate from the academy.
Upon graduation, Longview Reserve Officers must successfully complete an extensive Field Training Program, similar to the Field Training Program required of regular police officers. Reserve Officers have up to one year to complete the Field Training Program.
In addition to the academy, there is ongoing training for all members of the Reserve Unit.
Becoming a Longview Police Reserve Officer is not easy. The standards are high and the expectations are significant. But the rewards are tremendous. In this time of Homeland Security concerns and terrorist threats, the need for qualified citizens to step forward and serve their community has never been greater. If you can make the commitment and have the support of your loved ones, we welcome the opportunity to have you join our dedicated team.