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0630.23 Reserve Officer Program



  • ORS 656, Worker’s Compensation
  • ORS 133, Citizen’s Arrest
  • ORS 166, Unlawful Possession of Firearm
  • City of Portland Charter, Chapter 3
  • DIR 315.50 Unsatisfactory Performance
  • DIR 410.00 Injuries/Occupational Illness/Disability/LOS



1.1.  The Bureau's Reserve Program was established to assist regular duty officers. The program is designed to provide professional volunteer officers who can augment Bureau operations and provide support to regular duty officers on patrol. The Bureau is committed to recruit and appoint only those reserve officers who reflect the professional standards and embrace the core values established by the Bureau.


2.1.  No definitions


3.1.  The overall responsibility of the Reserve Unit rests with the Chief of Police as outlined in the City of Portland Code (Chapter 3.20.180-210). This policy establishes guidelines unique to the Reserve Unit and does not address every situation.

3.2.  Reserve members will adhere to all other applicable Bureau directives and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).


4.1.  The Reserve Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the reserve unit.

4.2.  The Reserve Coordinator will report to the RU commander responsible for the reserve unit, and perform the applicable duties outlined in the reserve unit Standard Operating Procedures.


5.1.  The requirements to be a reserve officer are generally the same as for a community police officer, minus the college credits. Hiring guidelines will be reviewed on a regular basis and maintained by the Personnel Division.

5.2.  Reserve recruiting, testing and appointment are coordinated through the Personnel Division, Reserve Commander, and the Reserve Coordinator.

5.3.  Background investigations are conducted by the Personnel Division in the same manner as for a community police officer.

5.4.  Reserve officers must successfully complete the Reserve Academy (or equivalent training in certain cases).

5.5.  A former Bureau Reserve who resigned from the Bureau in good standing may be reinstated if they apply within one year of resignation.

5.6.  A former Bureau Reserve who resigned from the Bureau in good standing may apply for reappointment within five years of resignation; however, the former member shall have an updated background investigation conducted prior to reappointment.

5.7.  After five years from resignation, the former member shall go through the same process as a new applicant.

5.8.  A former or retired police officer may apply for direct appointment to the Reserve Unit with approval from the Chief of Police.


6.1.  The organization structure of the Reserve Unit is designed to mirror the organization structure of a precinct or unit.

6.2.  The Reserve Commander is the senior ranking reserve.

6.3.  Reserve captains, lieutenants and sergeants shall be assigned duties that may include, but are not limited to, liaison duties to precincts, units or other areas of the Bureau or Reserve Unit.

6.4.  The Reserve Unit may reorganize the duties and reporting responsibilities as situations dictate.

6.5.  The Reserve who is assigned as the Recruit/Training coordinator will report directly to the Reserve Commander, or designee.

6.6.  All reserve command staff must be a senior reserve officer in order to be eligible for promotion.

6.7.  Promotions must be approved by the Chief of Police.

6.8.  The rank structure and the numbers of reserve command or supervisory positions will be determined by the Reserve Commander based on the overall personnel strength of the Reserve Unit.


7.1.  Rank/Insignia

7.1.1.  Commander/Black or Gold Lined Oak Leaf

7.1.2.  Captain/Double Black or Gold Lined Black Bars

7.1.3.  Lieutenant/One Black or Gold Lined Bar

7.1.4.  Sergeant/Three Black or Gold Lined Black Chevrons


8.1.  Recruit Reserve Officer

8.1.1.  Not yet completed the reserve academy.

8.1.2.  Shall not engage in any enforcement action.

8.1.3.  May participate in plainclothes ride-along like a community member, but does not need to fill out ride-along form. All provisions of the ride-along directive apply.

8.1.4.  Must attend all training and meetings as directed by superior officer.

8.2.  Trainee Reserve Officer

8.2.1.  Graduated from the basic reserve academy.

8.2.2.  Must complete any new-hire and advanced training as prescribed by the Chief of Police.

8.3.  18-month probationary officer

8.3.1.  Must partner with a reserve officer or a non-probationary paid officer during patrol duties.

8.3.2.  Must be evaluated in accordance with the Reserve Field Training Manual.

8.3.3.  Must complete Reserve Field Training Manual within one year.

8.4.  Intermediate Reserve Officer

8.4.1.  May be an 18-month probationary officer.

8.4.2.  Completed Reserve Field Training Manual to this level and been advanced by the Reserve Commander.

8.4.3.  Eligible to partner with a senior reserve officer who is off probation or non­ probationary paid officer during patrol duties.

8.4.4.  Must be evaluated in accordance with the Field Training Manual.

8.5.  Senior Reserve Officer

8.5.1.  Completed 18-month probationary period.

8.5.2.  Completed Field Training Manual.

8.5.3.  Completed 500 hours of additional non-administrative training hours after obtaining Intermediate Reserve officer status.

8.5.4.  Advanced to this level by RU Commander, Reserve Coordinator and Reserve Commander.

8.5.5.  May partner with senior or intermediate reserve officers or non­ probationary paid officers during patrol duties.


9.1.  The objective of the non-sworn program is to expand opportunities to a greater number of citizens to volunteer within the Bureau in a community policing environment. Non-sworn members will adhere to the following:

9.1.1.  Meet all personnel requirements of the Bureau.

9.1.2.  Be issued distinctive Reserve Unit apparel and Bureau ID card.

9.1.3.  Complete non-sworn academy (or approved equivalent training).

9.1.4.  No powers of arrest.

9.1.5.  Not carry firearms.

9.1.6.  May attend Reserve Unit training and meetings.

9.1.7.  Be involved in non-enforcement duties within the Reserve Unit and other duties at the discretion of the RU commander, Reserve Coordinator and Reserve Commander.


10.1.  Reserve officers are not meant to supplement paid police officers, but instead to augment the Bureau's community goals by:

10.1.1.  Assisting with arrests and transport of custodies.

10.1.2.  Assisting with special missions.

10.1.3.  Assisting with crime scene preservation.

10.1.4.  Community events, festivals, parades and sporting events.

10.1.5.  Presidential and VIP security.

10.1.6.  Crime prevention activities.

10.1.7.  Senior citizen programs.

10.2.  While participating in certain special activities and details, the Reserve Commander, Reserve Coordinator, or on-duty supervisor can make any assignments as needed to fulfill that duty.

10.3.  Reserve officers can provide patrol support at the precinct or unit level, either as a two person reserve vehicle or by Training in Patrol (TRIP) with a paid police officer, or may work independently if approved by the Reserve Commander or Reserve Coordinator.

10.4.  During patrol support duty, reserve officers must check-in with the on-duty supervisor to ensure authorization for duty and seek vehicles, radios and other equipment from the precinct in which they are working. Patrol support duties may include but are not limited to the following:

10.4.1.  Reserve vehicles should not be dispatched on calls for service, unless directed by an on-duty supervisor.

10.4.2.  Reserve vehicles can serve as tertiary cover on priority calls.

10.4.3.  Reserve vehicles can assist with traffic accidents.

10.4.4.  Reserve vehicles can enforce traffic laws.

10.4.5.  While on TRIP duty, the patrol unit should be considered a one-person car for dispatch purposes.

10.4.6.  As stated in the City of Portland Charter, the Chief of Police may direct Reserve officers to perform certain duties.


11.1.  As the circumstances dictate, the Reserve Coordinator and Reserve Commander shall be notified whenever an on-duty member of the Reserve Unit is:

11.1.1.  Injured or killed.

11.1.2.  Uses deadly force or force that causes serious injury.

11.1.3.  Involved in a pursuit.

11.1.4.  Involved in a vehicle accident.

11.1.5.  Involved in an incident that will likely generate media attention.

11.1.6.  The Reserve Coordinator shall be notified whenever an off-duty member of the Reserve Unit is arrested, had court action instituted against them as a result of work that is within the scope of their duties or other legal actions that may affect their membership in the organization.


12.1.  Off duty reserve officers will comply with all laws and Bureau policies concerning off duty arrests and weapons (refer to ORS. 133.005, ORS. 166.260), and any applicable reserve unit SOP for further reference.


13.1.  The Personnel Division is responsible for issuance and inventory of reserve badges and the coordination of issuance of police identification.

13.2.  Only active reserve officers may be issued a reserve badge. Badges and identification issued to reserve officers will be returned to the Bureau upon promotion, demotion, retirement, resignation, termination, or at the request of the Bureau.


14.1.  After serving as a Bureau reserve officer for a continuous period of ten years, the reserve officer will be tenured for retirement.

14.2.  If a Bureau reserve officer has 10 years of continuous satisfactory service with another agency and the Portland Bureau, the reserve officer will be tenured for retirement.

14.3.  A retired reserve officer will be issued a retirement badge and identification.

14.4.  A retired reserve officer may be presented with a retired reserve officer badge mounted on a plaque or similar display.


15.1.  In addition to Directive 410.00 (Injuries/Occupational Illness/Disability/LOS), Portland City Code Section 3.20.190 states while on any authorized assignment Reserve officers shall be covered by the City's self-insurance as authorized under the provisions of the Oregon State Workers' Compensation Laws and Administrative Rules. For specific information contact Risk Management.

15.2.  In the event a reserve is killed, injured or suffers an occupational disease that is accepted pursuant to the provisions of Oregon State Workers' Laws and Administrative Rules, Risk Management will pay workers' compensation benefits as provided by Oregon State Workers' Compensation  Laws and Administrative Rules.

15.3.  The United States Government may compensate the surviving dependents under Public Safety Officers' Death Benefit Act.

15.4.  Monthly hours are to be submitted monthly by the Reserve Unit time keeper to Risk Management and to Central Accounting.

15.5.  The Reserve Coordinator will report the current assumed wage information to Risk Management and to Central Accounting.


16.1.  Jack A. Taliaferro Award: Presented annually to the reserve member whose exemplary performance as a community servant promotes the favorable image of a Bureau reserve officer. Nominations will be in writing and the name of the winner placed on a plaque retained by the reserve unit. The RU Commander, Reserve Coordinator and Reserve Commander will choose a recipient based on the following criteria:

16.1.1.  Exceptional performance and sound judgment. 16.1.2. High level of expertise in law enforcement.

16.1.3.  Willingness to contribute to the community.

16.1.4.  Outstanding leadership within the reserve unit.

16.2.  The Lloyd Coulter Award: Presented annually to the reserve officer whose skills and ability have been exceptionally demonstrated in the use of firearms. Nominations will be in writing and the name of the winner placed on a plaque retained by the reserve unit.

16.3.  Reserve Commanders Award: Presented annually by the Reserve Commander to a member of the reserve unit, who provides exemplary service or duty to the reserve unit, Bureau and the City of Portland.


17.1.  Established: September, 2008

17.2.  Revision #1 Effective: 04/04/13

17.3.  Next Review Date: 04/04/15