The Portland Police Reserve Unit is men and women who volunteer their time and effort to make Portland a safe and pleasant community. Reserve officers are volunteers assigned to uniformed, armed duties or non-uniform, unarmed duties.
Reserve officers receive training in a variety of law enforcement skills both academic and tactical. The local Reserve Academy starts annually in September and lasts for approximately five months. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturdays.
All training is free. The Reserve Program provides its officers with uniforms and other equipment, but they must buy their own protective vest.
- Description of Reserve Officer duties
- Application requirements and process
- More information and Ride Alongs
After successful completion of the Reserve Academy and under the direction of Reserve Commanders, our reserve officers will perfom many duties similar to those of regular police officers.
Some activities include:
- Patrol support (patrolling in uniform in a police car)
- Assist with arrests and transporting prisoners to jail
- Assist with special missions (drug details, prostitution missions)
- Presidential and VIP security
- Assist at traffic accidents, enforce traffic laws
- Community events; festivals, parades, marathons, sporting events
- Crime prevention activities
- Senior citizen programs
Reserve officers have the same minimum qualifications and hiring process as Entry-Level police officers with the exception of the college, military or police certification requirements.
How to Apply for Portland's Reserve Unit
Download the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Application (PDF), complete it and send it to the Reserve Coordinator before March 1st.
To gain a better understanding of what type of service you could offer to your community as a volunteer Reserve Officer please contact the Reserve Coordinator Officer and/or apply to go on a Ride Along with an officer.
Officer John Shadron
Portland Police Bureau - North Precinct
449 NE Emerson
Portland, OR 97216
Apply for a Ride Along:
To apply for a ride along with a police officer, please print the below form and return it (fax or mail) to the precinct of your choice. Make sure to include a specific date allowing at least three weeks for an officer to be scheduled for your Ride Along. Also include the specific shift you would like to experience: Morning 7am - 5pm, Afternoon 4pm - 2am, Night 10pm - 8am. Although you are not required to stay for the entire shift, we do ask that you dedicate at least 5 - 6 hours of your time. Ride-Along Request Form [PDF]
1111 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
737 SE 106th Ave
Portland, OR 97216
449 NE Emerson St.
Portland, OR 97211