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

City of Puyallup

If you are interested in becoming a Reserve Officer for the Puyallup Police Department, carefully review the following Position Description to determine if you are able to perform the job without restriction.

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Reserve Officer Position Description

• Puyallup Reserve Officers perform uniformed patrol duties in support of the Puyallup Police Department. Their primary mission is to augment the full time police force. The position is entirely voluntary, and serves at the pleasure of the Chief of Police or his/her designee.

• Reserve Police Officers are sworn and commissioned personnel with law enforcement authority and powers while on duty and in the City of Puyallup.

• Officers perform general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

• Officers are responsible for the protection of life and property, prevention of crime apprehension of criminals, and the general enforcement of laws and ordinances.

• Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and normally consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigation, and traffic regulation duties which may be performed in police cars, bicycle, or on foot.

• Work involves an element of personal danger and police officers must be able to act without direct supervision and to exercise independent discretion in meeting emergencies.

• Field work includes exposure to emergencies and individuals who may be distraught, violent, or abusive.

• General and special instructions are received from the police sergeant or designated supervisor who reviews work methods and results through reports, personal inspection, and general discussion.


• Reserve Officers are required to commit to and complete a minimum of 16 hours of patrol time each month. Officers are required to attend regularly scheduled in-service training sessions.

• Officers are required to be available for 24/7 on call and callout to special details and emergencies. Callouts are rare, and mandatory callouts are almost unheard of. The department requires all commissioned personnel to be available for callouts in the event of a large scale incident, such as a natural disaster.

• Achieve, demonstrate, and maintain minimum department standards of proficiency and performance in accordance with policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the department.

• Patrol a designated area of the city on foot, by police vehicle, or by bicycle to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations.

• Answers calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, domestic situations, robberies and other misdemeanors, disturbances and felonies and takes necessary police action.

• Prepares and submits reports; operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database, word processing, and other applications, to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.

• Administer first aid, conduct preliminary investigations, gather evidence, and obtain witnesses at the scene of a crime.

• Arrest, search, transport, and confine offenders. Testify in court for cases that you have been involved in.

• Interview persons with complaints and inquiries, and attempts to make the proper disposition or direct them to proper authorities.

• Give advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public.

• Exercise powers of arrest and control; defend self and use force and deadly force.

• Operate a city vehicle under normal and emergency conditions.

• Respond to crime scenes and perform criminal investigations.

• Interact with community in a positive manner to cooperatively reach resolution of community needs and to foster positive, effective, and lasting relationships between the community and police department.

• Maintain good physical condition, agility, and coordination to allow performance of the essential tasks of a police officer.


Reserve Officers are required to maintain necessary physical fitness, health and conditioning at all times to allow them to perform all essential functions of a Police Officer. Constant demands include sitting in and operating police vehicles while on duty; ability to read and write reports; ability to see clearly in both daytime and nighttime conditions; ability to hear accurately and speak clearly. Frequent demands include standing, walking, handling/grasping, fine finger manipulation, ability to operate a computer, and lifting an average of 20 pounds (equipment, evidence, and property). Occasional demands include the ability to walk or run for prolonged periods of time or distances; ability to aim and accurately discharge all firearms approved for departmental use; ability to pursue and forcibly arrest, when necessary, criminal suspects; ability to resist and defend oneself against physical assaults; ability to swim and ability to come to the aid or rescue of members of the public involved in accidents or who require physical assistance to remove them from harm. Environmental factors include generally moderate noise levels with a risk of exposure to occasional high noise levels; up to 90 percent of the employee’s time is spent outdoors or in a patrol car; above/below normal temperatures are part of the job; and there is a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.


Ability to:

•Work in partnership with the community to solve law enforcement issues and to improve the quality of life for Puyallup residents;

• Meet the minimum standards of strength, agility and endurance as specified in the Cooper Test (or other approved test) conducted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission;

• Learn pertinent State and local laws and departmental policies and procedures;

• Think and act quickly and appropriately in emergency situations;

• Maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers;

• Deal with the Public in a tactful, pleasant and courteous manner;

• Follow verbal and written instructions;

• Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing;

• Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work;

• Maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.


Candidates must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.