What is a Police Reserve Officer?
You may not know it, but you have seen them driving police vehicles, working the route at the Daffodil parade, or answering your call for service when you have needed help. They are wearing a full police uniform and equipped with all the usual equipment. At first glance you may think it’s just a regular police officer working their shift, but they are citizens who are volunteering their time as Puyallup Police Reserve Officers.
Reserve Police Officers are a unique type of individual. They may be a civic-minded and service oriented person with a regular full time job who just wants to “get involved” in their community. They may be a young man or woman that wants to get into law enforcement as a career and are willing to give their time to gain valuable experience in this exciting career field. Either way they are dedicated and motivated individuals who give their own time and energy to help make Puyallup a better place to live, work or visit.
Reserves are non-paid citizens that receive extensive training to serve as "auxiliary" or support police officers. Puyallup Police Reserves are never used to replace regular police officers. Instead they are used to supplement and assist patrol officers in the field. Reserve officers also assist when unexpected events strike our community such as flooding, major crime scenes or natural disasters.
Becoming a Puyallup Police Reserve Officer is not easy. The standards and expectations for our reserve officers are the same as they are for our full time officers. They have to be since anyone that wears our badge and uniform must be dedicated to our department’s mission of “Service”.