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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 comprised of 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 paid for and approved by the Portland Police Bureau.



Reserve Duties

After successful completion of the Reserve Academy and under the direction of the Reserve Coordinator, our Reserve Officers will perfom many duties similar to those of full-time 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, including 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.

Application Process

  1. Apply for the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Community Police Officer position. Applications can be found at

  2. Schedule the NTN Frontline Written Exam at

        • Select "Portland Police Bureau Reserve Community Police Officer

        • Cost is $49 (Test scores are valid for one year)

        • Photo Identification is required for admittance to the test

        • Minimum scores to pass: Reading 70, Writing 70, Video 65

        • Nothing else is required on the NTN website

  3. All applicants are required to take the Physical Ability Test (PAT) or the ORPAT.

                      • Applicants should take the PAT or ORPAT prior to the background investigation

                      • Register for the PAT at

                      • The PAT is offered once a month at no charge

                      • Scores are valid for one year
  4. Schedule an introductory interview with the Reserve Coordinator (503-823-5723.

  5. Upon review of the application and exam, applicants will be notified if they have met the minimum requirements for the position and have been selected to advance.

  6. This notification will provide a deadline for applicants to submit the Statement of Personal History (SPH). The SPH can be downloaded at

  7. Only applicants who turn in completed SPHs are invited to the Interview Panel. Interview Panels are held approximately every 60 days. Applicants are required to bring the documents listed at to the interview.

  8. Applicants who pass the Oral Interview will be scheduled to take the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and California Personality Index (CPI) on the Saturday after the interview.

  9. Applicants who pass all phases of the application process will be placed on a list to be assigned to a background investigator. The background investigation can take up to 16 weeks. 

  10. Applicants who pass the background investigation will be given a conditional hire offer prior to being scheduled for the medical exam and psychological assessment.

  11. Applicants who pass the medical and psychological exams will be given a swearing-in date and scheduled for the Inter-Agency Police Reserve Academy sponsored by Clackamas County. The Reserve Academy is offered once a year, from September to February.


Portland Police Reserve Officers who serve 2 years in the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Program and have a minimum of 500 service hours after initial training are eligible to transition to a full-time position. Upon verification of the required hours, Reserve Officers will go through an expedited background investigation covering the time from the completed Reserve background investigation to the present date prior to hiring into a full-time position.     


How to Apply for the Portland Police Reserve Program

Download and complete the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Application (PDF).

Reserve Officer Program Application



More Information

For more information on the hiring process, go to

For more information on the Reserve Officer Program, please contact the Reserve Coordinator Officer at

Reserve Coordinator:

Officer Brian Pelster

Portland Police Bureau - North Precinct

449 NE Emerson
Portland, OR 97216

(503) 823-5723