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Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, Course #0080

What is a reserve officer?

"Reserve Officers" are included under the definition "specially commissioned Washington peace officer" under RCW 10.93.020(5). This 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.

Are you interested in becoming a Reserve Officer?

Contact your local Sheriff's Office or Police Department and ask for their Reserve Coordinator. All recruits must be associated with a sponsoring agency.  WSCJTC does not schedule Reserve Officer Academies. 

Look at our Frequently Asked Question page for more information regarding our reserve program.

Academy Information:
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 a Commission approved Reserve Academy who, upon academy completion, have passed 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.

A reserve certificate cannot be used in place of Peace Officer Certification.

Academy Coordinators:
Deciding to hold a Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy should not be taken lightly.  Your job of teaching and shaping everyday citizens into a voluntary Law Enforcement professionals is a serious endeavor.  Give yourself AMPLE preparation Time before and after submitting the required documentation to avoid pressure and stressful situations. Take the time to put together a teaching team.  Organization is key to a successful academy.  Here is a quick start guide to setting up your academy.  BLERA Quick Start Guide.pdf

Information regarding hosting a reserve academy can be found in the 2016 Reserve Academy Resource Guide DOC v.7 08-2016.pdf

The Basic Reserve Academy curriculum is updated periodically to reflect changes in law and procedure. An agency approved for an academy will have the most current curriculum provided to them.

Required documents:
Form 1271 This form is filled out by agencies looking to host a WSCJTC sponsored Reserve Academy. The form must be turned into our office at least 60 days prior to the planned start of the academy.
Request for Reserve Academy Recognition (R.12-17) CJ-1271

Academy Schedule Every academy must have an academy schedule filled out completely in order to be approved by CJTC.  Please remember that Firearms, DT, and EVOC must be taught by the approved instructor from your application.  Graduation ceremonies must be scheduled at least 7 business days after the final exam.  No new information can be taught once the final exam has been given. The reserve program is moving towards standardization between academies.  We suggest using the BLERA Class Schedule Template to help you create a schedule.

Form 1270 Applications are filled out by the potential recruit, their sponsoring agency, and the hosting agency.  Agencies must submit applications to the Academy Commander of the host agency.  Only the Academy Commander will submit applications to our office.  The Academy Commander must submit applications at least 7 days prior to the start of an academy.
Form CJ 1270 Application Form Basic Reserve Academy R.12-15.pdf

Form 1272 The request for certificates form is filled out by the Academy Commander. This form must be turned into our office at least 21 days prior to the end of an academy.
Request for Certificates (R. 03-15)

Form 1273 Termination forms are filled out by the Academy Commander for any recruit that does not complete the academy.
Termination Form (R.09-09)

Form CJ-1903 The agency sponsoring a recruit reserve must fill this form out and submit it to the Academy Commander. A recruit that will not be reserve officers does not need this form turned in. The Academy Commander must submit all Notice of Hire forms to our office at least 21 days prior to the end of the academy. Certificates of Completion will not be produced by WSCJTC without this.
To access these forms, please go to Notice of Officer Hire and Notice of Officer Separation Forms

Form CJ-1902 the agency sponsoring a recruit reserve must fill this form out if 1) WSCJTC has already received form CJ 1903 - Notice of Hire, and 2) the recruit reserve did not complete the reserve academy.
To access these forms, please go to Notice of Officer Hire and Notice of Officer Separation Forms

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Fax: 206-835-7326
Administrative Contact: Rachael Anderson
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