In order to become a Reserve Police Officer in the State of Washington you must attend an approved Police Academy.  The Fife Police Department Hosts an Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission approved Reserve Police Officer Academy.  

The academy consists of approximately 330 hours of police related training.  In order to accomodate most working adults the academy meets every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6 pm - 10 pm, and all day (8 am-5 pm) on Saturdays, from early January - April (exact dates TBD). 

Attendance is required to graduate and receive a Reserve Police Officer Commission in the State of Washington.  Students must be able to pass all written tests including the State Exam, an emergency vehicle operations course, firearms qualifications, defensive tactics, and practical mock scene scenarios.

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WAC 139-05-810

Basic training requirement for reserve officers.

(1) For the purposes herein:

 

(a) "Reserve officer" 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 by such agency into

active service, is fully commissioned on the same basis as full-time officers to enforce the

criminal laws of this state; and

 

(b) "Field assignment" includes any period of active service wherein the assigned officer is

expected to take routine and/or special enforcement actions, independently or otherwise, in the

same manner and capacity as a full-time officer with such assignment.

 

(2) For the purposes of the Washington Mutual Aid Peace Officers Powers Act, chapter 10.93

RCW, 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; provided that, any individual possessing a basic reserve certificate issued

by the commission prior to January 1, 1989, will be deemed to have met this requirement.

 

(3) Upon approval of an applicant's eligibility to participate in the reserve process, the applicant's

employing agency must submit to the commission all requested records, information and proof of

background check as a precondition of participation within such process.

 

(4) Each applicant that has been offered a conditional offer of employment as a reserve officer

must take and successfully pass a psychological and a polygraph test or similar assessment

procedure, administered pursuant to RCW 43.101.105 (2)(a)(i) and (ii).

 

(5) A basic reserve certificate will be issued by the commission to any individual who successfully

completes a basic course of instruction for reserve officers as prescribed and required by the

commission.

 

(6) Requirements of subsection (5) of this section may be waived in whole or in part. A request

for waiver must be made under WAC 139-03-030. In reviewing such request, the commission will

consider the following:

 

(a) An evaluation of an applicant's experience and training accomplishments;

 

(b) The fact that an individual is a regular full-time commissioned law enforcement officer who

leaves full-time employment; or

 

(c) The fact that an officer has been certified in accordance with the requirements of subsection

 

(2) of this section, and thereafter has engaged in regular and commissioned law enforcement

employment without break or interruption in excess of twelve months duration.

 

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