THE POSITION Benefits Supplemental Questions
This is an hourly position, limited to working approximately 19
hours per week or 1000 hours annually, whichever comes first. This
position is non-benefited and is designated as a non-classified,
The Police Reserve Officer is responsible to perform general law
enforcement duties, which include street patrol, conducting
preliminary police investigations, report writing, collision
investigations, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other
basic law enforcement functions.
The Modesto Police Department's Reserve Officer Unit is
comprised of highly motivated and skilled professionals dedicated
to serving the citizens of Modesto. Although our reserve officers
are highly skilled and hourly city employees, they are not required
to work a set schedule. Reserve Officers generate their own work
schedules providing police services for our city, working thousands
of hours each year. The City of Modesto also saves thousands of
dollars in public emergency services funds each year from the
contributions of time, dedication, and talent of our Reserve
The citizens and businesses in Modesto can be assured there will
be no difference in the professional level of police service they
receive from any Modesto Police Officer whether regular or
All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications of the
position will be placed on an eligible list and invited to a
selection interview with the Modesto Police Department.
Human Resources reserves the right to revise the selection
process to best meet the needs of the City.
ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS: Essential and other
important responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the
Perform general law enforcement, which includes street patrol,
conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing,
collision investigations, traffic control, issuance of citations,
and other basic law enforcement functions.
Reserve Officers are also utilized at special events such as
parades, street fairs, or security for major community events.
Provide support services to other units within the department.
Reserve Officers perform most the same duties as a full-time
Required to work during maximum deployment assignments such as,
New Year's Eve, Halloween, major disasters, or major events.
Perform at least twenty hours of service each month. Reserve
Officers will receive an additional four hours per month of
Gather information from individuals or reference sources to
complete and process various routine forms, records, and
applications; and contact individuals to obtain additional
Establish and maintain office files and research and compile
information from files.
Provide factual information regarding City or unit activities
Build and maintain positive working relationships with
co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles
of good customer service.
Observe and maintain a safe working environment in compliance
with established safety programs and procedures.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Principles and practices of law enforcement and community
Criminal law with particular reference to apprehension, arrest,
search and seizures.
Rules and regulations of the Modesto Police Department.
Topography and geography of Modesto City Limits including
locations and functions of social service agencies.
Civil law, codes and ordinances, with particular reference to
the administrative functions of the Modesto Police Department.
Purpose and objectives of modern detention facility
Principles and techniques of supervising group activities in
detention, secured setting facility.
Laws, statues, court proceedings, and regulations governing both
sentenced and unsentenced inmates.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
and applicable software applications.
Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Develop favorable public relations and maintain an appearance
that projects a positive image.
Think clearly, quickly and accurately in emergency
Work irregular hours, as required.
Learn procedures, processes and forms related to assigned
Under direction, learn pertinent federal, state, and local laws,
codes, rules, and regulations.
Maintain accurate records and files.
Read and write at a level necessary for successful job
Follow and interpret written instructions.
Accurately complete reports and citations.
Perform procedures in an organized and accurate manner.
Maintain attention to detail despite interruptions.
Communicate tactfully and effectively with the public and
remaining calm and following designated protocols in stressful
and/or emergency situations.
Communicate clearly and concise manner, both orally and in
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
those contacted in the course of work.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting
Experience and Training Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience and training that
would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is
qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities
High School diploma or GED equivalency.
Possession of a P.O.S.T. training certificate (either Basic
Police Academy, Reserve Officer Level I or Level II).
Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California
Must be a minimum 21 years of age at time of appointment.
Must not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanor
convictions that would prohibit your from possessing a firearm.
Be a United States citizen or have applied for U. S.
Candidates are subject to an extensive background investigation
Successfully pass a polygraph exam, psychological screening, &
Individuals hired will be required to wear a uniform which is
provided by the Police Department.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
Mobility: frequent use of keyboard; frequent sitting for long
periods of time; occasional bending or squatting. Lifting:
frequently up to 10 pounds; occasionally up to 25 pounds. Vision:
constant use of overall vision; frequent reading and close-up work;
occasional color and depth vision. Dexterity: frequent repetitive
motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching.
Hearing/Talking: frequent hearing and talking, in person and on the
phone. Emotional/Psychological: frequent decision-making and
concentration; frequent public and/or coworker contact; occasional
working alone. Environmental: frequent exposure to noise.
Conditions will vary depending on assignment. Work may be
performed in a typical temperature-controlled office environment
subject to typical office noise and environment. Work may also be
performed in a typical outdoor environment on a year-round basis
subject to street or field noise and year round weather conditions.
Some positions may be assigned to remote locations. Position may
require occasional overtime or weekend work and travel is rare.