333 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371 - 253-841-4321

City of Puyallup

Do you Qualify to be a Reserve Officer

Reserve officers with the Puyallup Police Department must meet the same strict guidelines used to hire our full time officers. Some of the areas that commonly disqualify candidates for hire with the Puyallup Police Department are:

  • Criminal History
  • Financial Issues (history of late payments, collections, repossessions, etc)
  • Driving History issues (moving violations, DUI, hit and run, etc)
  • Job History (terminated from a job, disciplinary issues, sick leave abuse)
  • Drug History (recent use, selling or producing narcotics)
  • Dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Intentional deception, misrepresentation or lies during any stage of the hiring process, including the background investigation.
  • Multiple traffic infractions within the last 5 years (e.g., no liability insurance, no drivers license, or speeding).

Any of the above issues in your background will disqualify you as a candidate for the Puyallup Police Department Reserve Unit.



The following are the minimum qualifications for the position of Reserve Police Officer:

  • Candidates MUST successfully complete a testing, evaluation, and appointment process which may include, but is not limited to, written examination, oral board interview, medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination, background investigation, and a Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission approved Reserve Officer Academy.
  • Candidates must be able to successfully complete the Police Training Program (PTO) and probationary period as prescribed by the Department.
  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age prior to appointment and be a United States citizen.
  • Candidates must hold a valid Washington state driver’s license and provide proof thereof prior to appointment.
  • Candidates must have a valid high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Candidates must meet department drug use standards. Illegal drug use, in any form, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Candidates may not have any previous felony convictions.  Misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis, but the candidate should have no convictions within the last five years. 
  • Candidates may not have any domestic violence related convictions.  Any history of assaulting a domestic partner (whether charged or not) will disqualify a candidate.
  • Candidates may not have any unlawful sexual conduct or sexual crime convictions.
  • Candidates must be able to type on a laptop computer and be familiar with commonly used programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Candidates must be able to perform the essential job functions of a reserve police officer.