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Reserve/Auxiliary Officers

Volunteer law enforcement officers working in unpaid, part-time roles.

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Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2015

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Why are you a Reserve? 5 Replies

Started by Sean. Last reply by David Sep 26, 2015.

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Started by Robert Jun 17, 2009.

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Comment by Sean on April 2, 2009 at 7:26pm
Welcome to all, and bless you for volunteering to do a job that some don't like to be paid to do.
Comment by Dr. Keith Rocky D'Amato on April 12, 2009 at 3:49pm
how are you all accepted by your depts? i graduated a full academy, passed my standards, FTO and choose to serve as a reserve. my policing powers only apply when im in the presence of a full time officer. i pretty much provide "back up" to the primary officer. what are your experiences?
Comment by Breezy062 on April 22, 2009 at 9:46pm
Hello group. I am a Dallas Police Officer (Recruit) Reserve Battalion. I am scheduled for swear-in the first week of July. I was born and raised in Washington DC and moved to TX 18 months ago. I chose to become a Police Officer in TX because TX has the best Reservist laws anywhere in the country. In TX reservist are 24/7 Sworn LEO's. It feels good to serve my community and give back at the same time. Our Reserve Battalion does an average of about 17,000 hours per year... that's a huge savings to the tax payers. Anyway, this was my first post, just thought I'd say hello
Comment by Nicholas LeGodais on May 8, 2009 at 1:30pm
I've been a "reserve" in the state of Texas for the past 4 years for two seperate departments, both in the same county, working for the same county (Sheriff's & Constable's Office). Just as Breezy062 mentioned, in Texas we are full time Peace Officers and have full authority to enact as a police officer 24/7 whether I am in uniform or not. It has been my experiance that there are some that accept us, and others that look at us as a "liability" to those that see me as a liability, I don't pay any attention to them, I've found more in the agencies I've worked with that appricate us coming out and giving them a partner to spend the shift with, and I can't tell you how many times we got the call because we were a 2 man unit and didn't need to wait for the backup to arrive.

I am a reservist basicly because in my county the Departments don't pay close to what I make in the private sector. I have wanted to be a Deputy since I was 7 years old and now I get to be and make the money I need to in a 40 hr week to support my family. I only wish, in my county, we could work government extra jobs. Oh well, can't have them all...

Be carefull out there...
Comment by larry edwards on July 24, 2009 at 2:26am
im looking for a reserve commision in ohio my opota expires june 2010 anyone have any ideas larry
Comment by Harold Stallard on March 5, 2010 at 9:23am
I've been an auxiliary officer going on 11 years now with 2 different departments both in very small towns. My current department has only 7 regular officers and 8 auxiliary. I was a 3rd grade school teacher for 36 years and worked security during the summer months to make ends meet. I first started as an auxiliary while still teaching. When asked why, I usually joked and said it was to relax after wrestling with 3rd graders all day long.

While I have the same powers as a regular officer, my department policy restricts me to being with and serving as back up for the regular officer.
At one point I did work as a full time officer for a couple of months after the town council in my first department fired all but 2 of the regular officers in one of those politically motivated things that happens in all small towns everywhere.

I'm an auxiliary because I really enjoy working the favorite is DUI arrests.
Comment by Don Bowne on April 24, 2010 at 9:32am
Our reserve program was featured in a news story. To view the video go to
Comment by Terry Petty on November 28, 2011 at 11:32pm

I have been a Reserve officer for 28 Years. My officers have full powers and are sworn Deputies. They work by themselves after completing the reserve Academy and 250 hours of Training with an FTO. My department has one of the three state certified Reserve training units in the state. I have 25 Reserve officers and some those including myself have served and still do serve on the Tactical team. 

Comment by Jim Wilson on January 15, 2014 at 7:56pm

It's nice to find another Reserve forum besides the one I started on another site.  I've been a Reserve for more than 16 years and absolutely love it.

We're hoping to add to our Reserve Unit since it has fluctuated in size the entire time I've been in it.  We just lost 4 members, 3 of which became regular officers and 1, who was a retired regular, joined our D.A.'s Investigations unit.  We've had a high of 17 members... it will be very interesting to see if the Chief can hit the 35 member target he told us he wants.


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