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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Reserve Officer Program

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.



Reserve Duties

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


Application Requirements

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.

Reserve Officer Program Application



More Information

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.


Reserve Coordinator:

Officer John Shadron

Portland Police Bureau - North Precinct

449 NE Emerson
Portland, OR 97216

(503) 823-5723


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]  





Central Precinct

1111 SW 2nd Ave.

Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-823-0097

Fax: 503-823-0096

East Precinct

737 SE 106th Ave

Portland, OR 97216

Phone: 503-823-4800

Fax: 503-823-4801

North Precinct

449 NE Emerson St.

Portland, OR 97211

Phone: 503-823-5700

Fax: 503-823-5840