What does it take to be selected?
Reserve Officers must meet the same basic appointment requirements as that of Regular Officers and go through the same selection process. Cost of physical and psychological tests in the selection process will be covered by the city. Reserve Officers are volunteer personnel and may be dismissed at will.
All candidates must have the following minimum qualifications:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Must be 21 years or older
- Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver license by time of hire
- Must be able to meet all Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Police Officer standards
- Must pass DPSST certified entry level written exam (70% or better)
- Must pass DPSST ORPAT physical agility test
- Must be able to read and write the English language
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED
- Prefer college degree in related law enforcement field
- Prefer bilingual in English and Spanish
- A felony conviction under State or Federal law
- A conviction of any misdemeanor under Oregon law within three years prior to application or convictions for two or more misdemeanors under Oregon law as an adult
- A conviction of domestic violence
- A conviction of crime involving controlled substances
- Drug use, distribution or manufacturing
- Any adult use of marijuana within one year of application
- You have a dishonorable, bad conduct, or other than honorable discharge from the armed services
- Three or more moving violations or a single instance of a major traffic offense within three years of application
The following standards have been adopted for public safety applicants with the City of Tigard Police Department:
- Ability to possess a valid drivers license
- Ability to drive safely
- Ability to control a motor vehicle at high speeds
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle in all types of weather conditions
Credibility as a witness in a court of law
- Refusing to yield to the temptation of bribes, gratuities, payoffs, etc.
- Refusing to tolerate unethical or illegal conduct on the part of other law enforcement personnel
- Showing strong morale character and integrity in dealing with the public
- Being honest in dealing with the public
- The ability to give testimony in a court of law without being subject to impeachment due to his/her honesty or veracity (or their opposites) or due to prior felony conviction
- Having a record or submitting reports on time and not malingering on calls, etc.
- A record of being motivated to perform well
- A record of dependability and follow through on assignments
- A history of taking the extra effort required for complete accuracy in all details of work
- Willingness to work the hours needed to complete the job
- The ability to comprehend and retain information
- The ability to recall information pertaining to laws, statutes, codes, etc.
- The ability to learn and to apply what is learned
- The ability to learn and apply the material, tactics and procedures that are required of the law enforcement officer
Judgment under pressure
- The ability to resolve problems in a way that shows sensitivity of the feelings of others
- Discretion, not enforcing the law blindly
- Effectiveness in dealing with people without arousing antagonism
- The ability to understand the motives of people and how they will react and interact
No official of the City of Tigard, whether appointed or elected, may be a member of the Tigard Police Reserve.
- The ability to apply common sense during pressure situations
- The ability to make sound decisions on the spot
- The ability to use good judgment in dealing with potentially explosive situations
- The ability to make effective, logical decisions under pressure
The testing process for Reserve Officer is the same as that for a Regular Officer. The prospective Reserve completes a basic City of Tigard application form and submits this to Human Resources (during open recruitment). From this, the applicant is invited to sit for a written examination, then an oral interview, a typing evaluation, a physical capability/agility test, a background investigation, a Chief’s interview, a psychological evaluation, and a medical evaluation.
Tigard Police typically recruit for vacant Reserve Officer positions at various times throughout the year. The process is dictated by the need to fill open, authorized positions.
Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Police Reserve Coordinator, Lt. Mike Eskew 503-718-2558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the written exam like?
The written exam is a multiple choice test that is designed to assess the knowledge of the applicant needed to work in the capacity of a police officer. This includes report writing, logic, vehicle operation, and map reading. This is basic information, and does not require any specific police training or orientation. See practice exam and study materials. There is no guarantee that any of this material will be on the test.
What is the oral interview like?
The initial oral interview involves answering a series of questions presented by other members of the department, both reserve and regular in an interview setting. Part of the process is to get to know the applicant and assess his thought process. There may be situational questions and general information questions.
What is the physical agility test?
The physical agility test is designed by the State of Oregon and is called the “ORPAT.” This has become the standard for most law enforcement agencies and involves performance of a series of physically challenging procedures in close proximity which may reflect actual encounters in law enforcement. There are several websites that provide information on the ORPAT. Watch a video here.
What is the background investigation?
The background investigation involves the applicant completing a packet of material identifying prior employers, contacts, recapping any potential conflicts with the law, and a review of the driving record. Certain incidents may be completely barring, felony arrests or a recent bad driving record could be problematic. The investigation looks at the individual as a whole trying to determine if there are areas where the applicant’s credibility may be brought into question.
What is the chief's interview?
The Chief’s interview involves a short meeting with the Chief to review information on the background, and again, another opportunity to meet and interact with the applicant.
The applicant may be offered a conditional appointment based on successful completion of a medical exam, drug test, and psychological evaluation. The medical evaluation looks for general health issues that might compromise the performance of the officer. The psychological evaluation ensures that the applicant displays good logic and will interact well with other members of the department.
The psychological evaluation includes parameters that assess the individual’s response and ability to complete the field training program.
If all phases of the process are satisfactorily completed, the applicant may be offered a position as a Reserve Officer.
What is the training?
Applicants are enrolled in a Reserve Academy normally operated by one of the County Sheriffs’ offices. The Academy typically meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays over a six-month period and imparts over 300 hours of training following a curriculum similar to the regular police academy in Salem, Oregon. Reserve Officers in the Academy learn aspects of patrol procedures, laws of arrest, traffic enforcement including drunk driving, response to in-progress call officer safety issues, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, defensive tactics, and other areas of training that may reflect of conditions they will be subject to in the field.
Following graduation from the Academy, the Reserve Officer is assigned to work with a regular Field Training Officer to complete a field training process similar to the regular officer utilizing the same training manual. With time and experience, the Reserve Officer takes on additional responsibilities. At the trainee level, the Reserve Officer is required to work all assignments with a more senior department member. As the Reserve progresses, the officer may work solo assignments requiring minimal supervision.
What are the monthly requirements?
Reserve Officers are required to complete a minimum of two patrol shifts and one meeting per month for a total of 20 hours minimum per month. Many officers will work more than that.
Reserve Officers find the position provides them with the opportunity to support the community they care about. Some Reserves will use it as a trial program to see if law enforcement is a career they would like to pursue and then apply to become a full time Police Officer.
What does it cost?
Reserve Officers are required to provide their duty firearm. The department will provide a duty belt, holster and ammunition. The weapon of choice for new members coming into the department is a Glock handgun model 17. The duty weapon is the financial responsibility of the Reserve Officer. The department provides the required uniforms.
How do I apply?
If there is an active recruitment in progress (coordinated through Human Resources) you are invited to apply. Individuals who have accepted applications on file will be notified of the time and location of the written examination. In all cases, a passing score on the written examination must be attained. Those individuals with qualifying scores will be invited for a panel interview. Successful completion of the interview will advance the individual to the background phase. At the conclusion of the background investigation, the Chief of Police conducts an interview and determines whether or not the individual shall be advanced to the next phase of testing — a psychological evaluation. Following is a two-part medical and drug evaluation. The Chief of Police will ultimately determine candidates selected to begin training as a Reserve Officer.After the candidate is sworn in, the recruit Reserve Officer will be assigned to a Reserve Coordinator for guidance and subsequent enrollment into the reserve academy.