Interested in an exciting career
with the Oakland Housing Authority Police Department?
The Oakland Housing Authority Police
Department Reserve Police Officer Program started in 2004 as a pilot program to
supplement the full-time police officer staff. In 2006 the Housing
Authority Police Department was able to make legislative changes to the
California Penal code so that the Department can start its Reserve Police
Officer Program. Since then our Reserve Program has been very
successful. Our Police Department is committed to the Reserve Unit and
commonly uses its Reserve Officers as a hiring pool for Reserve Officers
wishing to make the jump into a full-time Police Officer position.
Our Reserve Officers come from all walks of life, each with different
qualities. The duty of the Reserve Officer is to mostly supplement the
full-time officers. Level 2 and 3 Reserve Officers work strictly with
full-time officers; however Level 1 officers can work alone sharing the same
duties and responsibilities as a full-time officer. Our program is
designed so that persons can keep their regular career in the private sector
and volunteer their duties as a Reserve Officer. Reserve Officers enjoy
the best of both worlds; maintaining their chosen career while helping to
police the communities we serve. In the State of California over 600 law
enforcement agencies currently employ nearly 6200 reserve officers.
Reserve peace officers may perform a
number of general and specialized law enforcement assignments, including but
not limited to:
- Uniformed patrol
- Special events
- Parking Enforcement
Reserve officers are required to
meet the same selection standards (e.g. personal history investigation and
medical, psychological and polygraph screening) as full-time regular officers
WHY BECOME A RESERVE OFFICER?
Our Reserve Police Officers are not
paid, but you will be provided all of your standard uniform and safety
equipment i.e. bullet resistant vest, firearm, TASER, leather gear, inclement
weather gear and other related police equipment.
Reserve Officers will also be
provided with at least 24 hours of continued professional training every 2
years as mandated by the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
These courses include firearms, legal update courses and perishable skills training.
Our Department also has numerous POST certified instructors in Defensive
Tactics, Police Baton, Firearms, TASER and Bicycle Patrol. All training
and expenses are provided at no-cost and our Reserves train side by side with
the full-time officers.
Reserve Officers are also covered
under California Workers Compensation benefits if injured in the line-of-duty.
The duties of the different levels
of reserve officer are described below:
III Penal Code sections 830.6(a) (1) and 832.6(a) (2)
- Level III reserve officers may
perform specified limited support duties, and other duties that are not likely
to result in physical arrests, while supervised in the accessible vicinity by a
Level I reserve officer or a full-time regular officer. Additionally, Level III
reserve officers may transport prisoners without immediate supervision.
Penal Code sections 830.6(a) (1) and 832.6(a) (2)
- Level II reserve officers may
perform general law enforcement assignments while under the immediate
supervision of a peace officer who has completed the Regular Basic Course.
These officers may also work assignments authorized for Level III reserve
officers without immediate supervision.
Penal Code sections 830.6(a)(1) and 832.6(a)(1)
- Level I reserve officers may work
alone and perform the same duties as full-time regular officers.
HOW DO I OBTAIN THE REQUIRED
TRAINING TO BE A RESERVE?
Most Bay Area Community Colleges and
other educational institutions that have an Administration of Justice Program
do sponsor the necessary training for each level of Reserve Officer.
There are several colleges within the nine Bay Area Counties which offer these
programs throughout the year.
Reserve Officer Level III courses
normally will last one full semester (162 hours). Contact the training
facility of your choice to determine the availability and schedule of the next
class. You can also find a list of all course offered in the State
by visiting the P.O.S.T. website at: www.post.ca.gov
HOW DO I APPLY?
First, determine if you meet the
current minimum qualifications for Reserve Police Officer. Please
remember that your training must be kept current. If you do meet each of
the requirements, feel free to apply when positions are open. Click here to learn more.
Complete the application online and
print the document. Attach a copy of your applicable Peace Officers
Standards & Training certificates with the application and send it to the
address listed below.
If you needed additional information
or wish to submit your application, you can do so by mail at:
Oakland Housing Authority Police
Manuel De Ochoa, Reserve Coordinator
1180 25th Ave
Oakland, California 94601