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Reserve Officer

                               The Sweet Home Police Department is currently
                                   ACCEPTING applications for Reserve Officer

The Sweet Home Police Department is establishing a Reserve Police Officer program to assist the department in several ways.  Reserve Officer Candidates must meet the same standards as full time officers and they go through the same testing process for the position.  Upon appointment to the position, the Reserve Officer is assigned to work patrol with a Field Training Officer (FTO).  The Reserve Officer receives the same training as a new recruit officer and he or she is continually evaluated by the FTO.  Upon completion of the training program, the Reserve Officer is qualified to work patrol as well as other law enforcement duties.  The Reserve Officer will normally work together with another full time officer, however, with additional training; the Reserve Officer may be qualified to work as a solo officer.

Reserve Police Officers assist the police department by supplementing the patrol force, particularly during busy times such as weekends and holidays.  Reserve Officers can be critical to police department operations during major incidents such as a public demonstration or natural disaster.  Reserve Officers also serve a vital role in various community events such as Sportsman’s Holiday, the Oregon Jamboree and other city functions to include:

  • Helping out at special events, including the Oregon Jamboree, Sportsman’s Holiday and Elections Ballot securing.
  • Attending public-school activities, including dances and football and basketball games
  • Riding with and covering Officers on uniformed patrol.
  • Traffic control
  • Courtroom security
  • Prisoner transports
  • Assist Detectives
  • Crime-scene security

The Reserve Officer program is an excellent way for someone to volunteer their time to make a positive difference in their community.  It is also a great opportunity for those individuals considering a career in law enforcement to learn about the job and gain valuable experience. 


  • Age 21 or older
  • United States citizenship
  • High-school diploma (or G.E.D. equivalent)
  • Driver’s license
  • Ability to volunteer 240 hours per year and participate in required Reserve events.
  • Must pass written test
  • Must pass physical agility test (ORPAT)
  • Must pass psychological exam and drug screening
  • Must be in good physical health and pass physical examination as defined by Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards (DPSST)
  • Must submit to a complete police background investigation.
  • Must be employed in an occupation that does not result in a conflict of interest with the Sweet Home Police Department as determined by the Chief of Police. Examples of such occupations include, but are not limited to:
    • Police Officer for another agency
    • Reserve Officer for another agency
    • Private Investigator
    • Owner/operator of a security service
    • Bartender
    • Owner of a liquor establishment


  • Completion of the Field Training Evaluation Program Manuel (FTEP) with a qualified Field Training Officer (FTO).
  • Training in the use of firearms typically employed by the Sweet Home Police Department
  • Annual and Quarterly training covering a wide variety of law-enforcement skills

The City of Sweet Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons will be considered for volunteer employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability.



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Sweet Home City Hall, 1140 12th Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386, Ph: (541) 367-5128, Fax (541) 367-5113