Reserve Program

The Arvin Police Department’s Reserve program offers individuals a challenging opportunity to be of service to their fellow citizens. As a reserve officer, you will assist the regular members of the department in the fulfillment of its mission “To protect and to serve.”

When you become a police reserve officer, you will be trained for law enforcement service by experienced officers. This training meets the standards established by POST for both regular and reserve police officers. You will be required to perform a minimum of sixteen hours of duty a month, which includes training and meetings. You will not receive a salary for service with the reserve program.

Reserve officers have ample opportunities to complete their duties in the Field or Support Services Divisions:

  • InvestigationsExplorers
  • Patrol
  • Traffic
  • Training
  • Firearms/Range
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Special Assignments

Appointment Levels:

Reserve Officers will be appointed at the levels for which they are qualified, based upon academic work, training and/or experience as indicated below:

  • Level 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.
  • Level II – 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.
  • Level I – 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.

Requirements – Minimum Standards:

(Government Code Requirements and by Arvin Police Department Policy)

Age – Minimum age of 21 years. The reserve coordinator can authorize exceptions. Applications may be accepted at age 20 but no appointments will be made prior to 21st birthday.

Citizenship – Must be a citizen of the United States.

Residence – Must live within a reasonable distance to the City. The Chief of Police can authorize exceptions.

Background – Must have a desirable record – free from convictions by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison.

  • No use of illegal substances within the last three years. No sales of any illegal substances whatsoever.
  • Must be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.

Education – Must be a high school graduate or pass the General Education Development test. A copy of diploma or GED equivalent must be submitted.

Health – After examination by a licensed physician, the applicant must be found to be in general good health, free from any medical, physical or emotional impairment that would prevent you from performing the job of reserve officer.

Hearing – Normal hearing acuity.

Height & Weight – Weight in good proportion to height.

Vision – Visual acuity of not less than 20/100 (uncorrected) in each eye, corrected to 20/30 in each eye. No marked red-green deficiency or color vision. Each eye free from any abnormal condition or disease which might adversely affect performance of duty.

Driver’s License – A valid California Class “C” driver’s license or the equivalent is required at the time of appointment.

How to get started

  • Sign up for the Basic Peace Officer Academy Module III.
    • Prerequisite: Must successfully pass a fingerprint check through the California Department of Justice and meet the entry requirements established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for this course.

Reserve Officer application Process:

Contact the Arvin Police Department Reserve Coordinator at 661-854-5582 and indicate your desire to take the reserve officer tests. You will be sent a letter giving the date of the next examination. You must have completed the P.C. 832 Course, arrest and firearms and be enrolled in Level III Course at the time of application. If you have not completed the P.C. 832 class, contact local junior colleges and adult education centers for schedules.

  1. Submission of an application for reserve officer membership.
  2. Aptitude Test – Each candidate must attain a satisfactory score in the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Examination. (Any applicant who successfully passed the written portion of the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Examination within one year of application for reserve membership can have the written exam waived.)
  3. Oral Interview – Applicant’s acceptability shall be determined by a board composed of members of the reserve association and/or regular department.
  4. Medical Examination – Applicants must be physically fit as determined by the city physician, at no expense to the candidate.
  5. Psychological Examination – Applicants must be mentally fit as determined by the city psychologist, at no expense to the candidate.
  6. Background Check – An investigation into each applicant’s background shall be conducted to determine his suitability as a reserve officer.


Contact the Arvin Police Department Reserve Coordinator at 661-854-5582 for more information or to start the Reserve Officer testing process.