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Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, Course #0080Are you interested in becoming a Reserve Officer? Contact your local Sheriff's Office or Police Department and ask for their Reserve Coordinator. Keep in mind that the Commission is usually not made aware of Reserve Academies until after their selection process has occurred.

 

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.

 

Academy Coordinators:

The Basic Reserve Academy curriculum is updated periodically to reflect changes in law and procedure. An agency planning an academy should contact the program manager, Lee Brandt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least one month prior to the academy start date to receive the most current curriculum.  

Outdated forms will not be accepted for future academies.

***Required  Forms ***

Form 1271 - Request for Reserve Academy Recognition

Form 1270 - Reserve Academy Application (v. 2-2015)

Form 1275- Criminal Records Check (All New!) (v. 2.-2015)

Form 1272 - Request for Certificates

Form 1273 - Termination Form

The following forms are not a part of the Reserve application packet.  It is requested that they be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by fax at 206-835-7923.  

Notice of Separation CJTC 1902 (Word)
Notice of Hire CJTC 1903 (Word)

   
Prerequisite: Any person attending the academy must be sponsored by a law enforcement agency.  Applicants must have passed a background and criminal history check completed by the sponsoring agency.
   
Application Form: Because this is not a "self-sponsored" course, the Commission does not accept applications from individual applicants.
   
Questions?

Lee Brandt, Program Manager 425-239-8322/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   
Cost: See Status/Registration column next to the course you wish to take
   

Not to be used in lieu of a certified Washington peace officer.

 

 

Question: There isn't a Reserve Academy available in my area this year. Is there anything preventing a reserve from working prior to receiving training?

Answer: According to WAC 139-05-810(2) …every individual who is commissioned as a specially commissioned reserve peace officer in this state will obtain a basic reserve certificate as a precondition of the exercise of authority pursuant to such act…


Question: Is there an Equivalency process to become a Reserve Officer?
Answer: Yes, please review WAC 139-05-825. The sponsoring agency must contact the Training Commission to make application to request recognition of the equivalent reserve officer.  Requirements/eligibility are dependent on original status, length of break-in-service and location of service (Washington or another state). .

Question: Can Reserves be compensated?
Answer: Some agencies do compensate reserve officers for the time they serve. Reserves are considered “at will” employees or “paid volunteers” and as such they are not entitled to certain benefits or retirement systems such as LEOFF II. Agencies have employed persons with reserve commissions, but compensated then as city or county employees in another capacity.

Question: Can I work as a reserve officer for more than one agency?
Answer: First, check with your primary agency to see if they will allow this. If they do, you may work for another agency only if they too have met the requirements of RCW 43.101.080(19) and have notified the Commission.

Question: How long does my Reserve certificate stay current?
Answer: Once you have been recognized as a Reserve officer, your certificate stays current unless you have a break or interruption in service as a reserve for more than twelve months. Keep in mind, a break in service of (a) more than twelve but less than twenty-four months must successfully complete the requirements of RCW 43.101.080(19) and the comprehensive reserve final test proctored by the commission; (b) more than twenty-four but less than thirty-six months must successfully pass the psychological and polygraph tests, complete the criminal history and background check, and successfully pass the comprehensive reserve final test proctored by the commission.  All equivalency applicants must submit required documentation and provide proof of skill competency.  More than thirty-six months break in service requires the person to attend the basic reserve law enforcement academy.

Question: Do I have to be a US Citizen to be a Reserve Officer?
Answer: Please contact the agency you would like to be a reserve officer for, as this question relates to the hiring process.


Question
: I was a reserve officer in good standing from another state.  How can I become a reserve officer for a Washington agency?
Answer: There is no expedited process for a reserve officer from another state to become a reserve officer in Washington.  An agency may request a waiver or variance from the commission but generally, an applicant must complete the basic reserve law enforcement academy in its entirety.

Question: I was a peace officer in another state.  Can I become a reserve officer for a Washington agency?
Answer: Absent disqualifying circumstances (for example, decertification by any state) and with a break in service of less than 60 months as a fully commissioned peace officer from another state, you may be eligible to complete the reserve equivalency process. Please review WAC 139-05-825. The sponsoring agency must contact the Training Commission to make application to request recognition of the equivalent reserve officer.

Question: I am a current full-time officer with another general authority or tribal law enforcement agency in Washington.  Can I become a reserve for a second agency? 
Answer: First, check with your primary agency to see if they will allow this. If they do, you may work for another agency as a reserve, but only if they too have met the requirements of RCW 43.101.080(19) and filed the appropriate paperwork with the commission.

 
Session Session
Title
Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
0080-3 Fife Police Dept. Reserve Academy Dec 30, 2014 -May 16, 2015 3737 Pacific Hwy E

Fife WA
Open  / $700  

Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6PM until 10PM and on Saturdays from 8AM until 5PM; To register contact at Asst. Chief D. Woods This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (253) 896-8248
0080-07 Tri-City Reserve Basic Academy Jan 06 -Jun 16, 2015

Pasco WA
Open  / None  

Registration, contact Res. Lt. Paul Brunner, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 509-545-3421
0080-06 Whitman County Reserve Academy Jan 13 -Jul 17, 2015

Colfax WA
Open  / None  

To register, contact Sgt Chapman, 509-397-6266/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
0080-1 Yakima Valley Reserve Academy Mar 03 -Jul 14, 2015 Moxee Police Department
7525 Postma Rd
Moxee City WA 98936
Open  / None  

Registration contact: Ofc. J. Burkett This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 509-575-7167 COST: 500 Rounds of Ammunition & 3 training taser cartidges to be supplied by sponsoring agency.
 
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