Are you interested in becoming a Reserve Officer? Contact your local Sheriff's Office or Police Department and ask for their Reserve Coordinator. WSCJTC does not schedule Reserve Officer Academies.
This class is a minimum of 249.5 hours in length. The Reserve Academy curriculum adopted by the Commission is designed similar to that of the Basic Academy, including student performance objectives for each instructional block. It is designed to provide reserves with the basic knowledge and skills required for safe, proper and effective law enforcement service. Instructional blocks include: Criminal Law and Procedure, Communications Skills, Crisis Intervention, Defensive Tactics, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, Evidence Law, Firearms, including range qualifications, EVOC, Use of Force, Ethics, Civil Liability and First Aid. Basic training requirements can be found under WAC 139-05-810.
Graduates of those Academies that have been approved by the Commission and who, upon academy completion, pass a certification examination developed and administered by the Commission, will receive the state's basic reserve officers certificate. Such certification satisfies the basic training requirements for reserve officers under the Washington Aid Peace Powers Act, RCW 10.93.090.
Definition: “Reserve Officers” are included under the definition “specially commissioned Washington peace officer” under RCW 10.93.020(5) and includes any law enforcement officer who does not serve as a law enforcement officer of this state on a full-time basis, but who when called into active service, is fully commissioned on the same basis as full-time officers to enforce the criminal laws of this state.
RCW 10.93.090 explains: A specially commissioned Washington peace officer who has successfully completed a course of basic training prescribed or approved for such officers by the Washington state criminal justice training commission may exercise any authority which the special commission vests in the officer, throughout the territorial bounds of the state, outside of the officer's primary territorial jurisdiction under the following circumstances:(1) The officer is in fresh pursuit, as defined in RCW 10.93.120; or(2) The officer is acting pursuant to mutual law enforcement assistance agreement between the primary commissioning agency and the agency with primary territorial jurisdiction.
Reserve certificate can not be used in place of Peace Officer Certification.
Washington State Reserve FAQ
The Basic Reserve Academy curriculum is updated periodically to reflect changes in law and procedure. An agency planning an academy should contact the program coordinator at least one month prior to the academy start date to receive the most current curriculum.
Academy Coordinators' required forms:
Form 1271 - Request for Academy Recognition (R.03-15)
Form 1270 - Basic Reserve Academy Application (R.04-15)
Form 1272 - Request for Certificates (R.03-15)
Form 1273 - Termination Form (R.09-09)
The following forms are required, but are NOT part of the Reserve Officer application packet and must be submitted directly to
or by fax at (206) 835-7923
Form CJ-1903 - Notice of Peace Officer Hire Form
Form CJ-1902 - Notice of Peace Officer Separation Form
|Reserve Forms & General Inquiries:
||Scan / Email:
|Notice of Hire and Notice of Separation Inquiries:
||Scan / Email:
fax (206) 835-7923
|WSCJTC Program Manager:
|Questions about specific academies:
||Contact the listed academy commander below.
|Start & End Date
||Tri-Cities Reserve Basic Academy ||Jan 05 -Jun 16, 2016
||Columbia Basin College
2600 North 20th Ave , Room S-339
Pasco WA 99301
|Open / $100
Registration Contact: Cpt. Ken Roske (506) 545-3487 or
||Union Gap Reserve Basic Academy ||Feb 09 -Jun 07, 2016
||Union Gap Police Department
1800 Rainier Place
Union Gap WA 98903
|Open / $100
Registration Contact: Sgt. Hector Rivera, (509) 248-0430,
||Ellensburg Reserve Basic Academy ||Mar 01 -Jul 22, 2016
||Ellensburg Police Department
100 N Pearl St,
Ellensburg WA 98926
|Open / None
Registration Contact: Sgt. Brett Koss, 509-962-7280/
||Centralia Reserve Basic Academy ||Apr 05 -Sep 03, 2016
||Lewis County Sheriff's Office
345 West Main Street
Chehalis WA 98532
|Open / $200
Registration Contact: Sgt. Carl Buster, 360-623-3363/