Benefits & Duties

Reserve police officers provide a valuable service to the community while gaining experience, training, and insight into the world of law enforcement.

Following an extensive training program, reserve officers are assigned to supplement patrol officers, assist in investigations, work special events, and aid in emergencies.

Two reserve officers holding plaques

Application Information

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and can be obtained from the Police Department, 2745 Walnut Avenue, Signal Hill.

Selection Process

  1. City application
  2. Written examination (weighted 30%)
  3. Physical agility test (pass/fail)
  4. Oral interview (weighted 70%)
  5. Background investigation (pass/fail)
  6. Polygraph examination (pass/fail)
  7. Medical and psychological screening


  • United States citizenship required.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of submitting an application. Proof of age will be checked at time of examination.
  • Valid Class C California driver's license and satisfactory driving record.

Essential Functions

Patrol and respond to calls; conduct investigations of criminal incidents; make arrests; interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; gather and preserve evidence; testify and present evidence in court; prepare reports; contact and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses; direct traffic during emergency or congested situations; may transport prisoners to court; serve warrants and subpoenas; administer first aid; maintain contact with citizens regarding potential law enforcement problems; and preserve good relations with the general public.

Knowledge and Abilities

Use functional reasoning and apply rational judgment, exercise independent judgment, decisiveness, think calmly and quickly in emergencies, understand oral and written instructions, communicate effectively, prepare clear and concise written reports, and develop proficiency in the use and handling of firearms.

  • Equivalent to completion of twelfth grade or any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Sixty (60) college units with an emphasis on criminal justice, administration of justice, or a related field is desirable.