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.
Additional information: 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 1275- RESERVE Criminal Records Check (R.03-15)
Form 1272 - Request for Certificates (R.03-15)
Form 1273 - Termination Form (R.09-09)
The following forms are not a part of the Reserve application packet. It is requested that they be submitted to
or by fax at 206-835-7923.
Form 1902 - Notice of Separation
Form 1903 - Notice of Officer Hire
|Form Submission & General Inquiries:
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|Questions about specific academies:
||Contact the listed academy commander below.
|Start & End Date
||Spokane Police Basic Reserve Academy ||Aug 18 -Dec 05, 2015
||Spokane Police Academy
N 2302 Waterworks
Spokane WA 99212
|Open / $500
[Plus 1500 rounds of ammo provided by the sponsoring agency] Registration Contact Lt. Kevin King (509) 742-8110 or
||Skagit Valley College ||Sep 02, 2015 -Mar 12, 2016
||Skagit Valley College, Room T-39
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273
|Open / $1925
Includes 14 quarter credits upon completion | Contact Skagit Valley College to register 360-416-7829
||Fife Police Department Basic Reserve Academy ||Dec 30, 2015 -May 21, 2016
||Fife Police Department
3737 Pacific Hwy. E.
Fife WA 98424
|Open / $700
Registration Contact: Assistant Chief David Woods (253) 922-6633 or