Q-0 Reserve Police Officer

Recruitment #TEX-Q000-900260



Q000 Reserve Police Officer

 Recruitment # TEX-Q000-900260

Applications for this recruitment process will be accepted on a continuous basis  

WORK LOCATION: The incumbent will be required to work at various sites throughout the City of San Francisco, assigned to any of the ten district stations or work within one of the many specialized units.  

 WORK HOURS: A typical Reserve Officer performs at least twenty hours of service each month, although they can volunteer to work more than the minimum twenty hours a month, if they choose. The Reserve Officer may be required to work extended 12-hour shifts.  It is mandatory for Reserve Officers to work during maximum deployment assignments such as, New Year's Eve, Halloween, major disasters, or major events.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The San Francisco Police Department’s Police Reserve Officer Program offers qualified individuals a chance to experience working with diverse cultures and communities. These officers supplement the full-time officers in a variety of duties throughout the Department. They patrol in vehicles, on foot patrols, or on bicycle patrol. Most Reserve Officers work with officers, but others can qualify to patrol on their own. This program is ideal for individuals who have an established career and do not wish to make a full transition to full-time Police Officer. Reserve Officers can enjoy the best of both worlds, maintain their chosen career while helping to police an internationally known city.  Reserve Officer is strictly a non-civil service volunteer position and does not receive any payment.

Example of Important Essential Duties:

A Reserve Officer performs general law enforcement, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, collision investigations, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions.  Reserve Officers are also utilized at special events such as parades, street fairs, or security for major sporting events. Other duties include support services to other units within the Department, narcotics or vice crimes investigations, DUI checkpoints, Marine Unit patrol, or be assigned to the Inspector's Bureau. Reserve Officers perform most of the same duties as a full-time officer. Ongoing Training: Reserve Officers will receive an additional four hours, per month, of training regarding various topics.

Minimum Qualifications

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (verified during Background Investigation)

Citizenship: Applicants must be United States citizens.

Age: Applicants must be at least 20 years old when they take the examination and at least 21 years of age by the time of appointment. (Civil Service Rule 210.10)

Driver License: Applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver license to operate an automobile at the time of application and throughout the selection process. Possession of a valid California Driver License is required prior to the date of hire.

Education: Applicants must be a U.S. High School Graduate or have passed a G.E.D. or the California High School Proficiency Examination or have an AA or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

Certification: Applicants must possess the required P.O.S.T. training certificate certified by a P.O.S.T. accredited institution. (either Basic Police Academy completed within the last three years, Reserve Officer Level I, Level II, or Level III)

Judicial Record: Applicants must NOT have been:
-Convicted of a felony; 
-Convicted of an offense involving domestic violence;
-Convicted of any misdemeanor that carries a penalty of prohibiting ownership, possession or control of a firearm; or
-Restricted from employment with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.
• Select the desired job announcement Q000 Reserve Police Officer (TEX-Q000-900260)
• Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously
• Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta. com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Jen Lo at Jen.Lo@sfgov.org

Selection Procedures

Levels of Reserve Officer
The SFPD appoints Reserve Officers of all levels. We accept Level I, II, III Reserve Officers who have previously been certified by a P.O.S.T. accredited institution. If you have, you are qualified to be a Reserve Officer.

Level I Reserve Officers may be certified to work alone or with another Reserve Officer. Level I Reserve Officers can supervise other level Reserve Officers and will be eligible to be a Reserve Sergeant. He/she must successful pass a 400-hour Field Training Program prior to being released to work alone.

Level II Reserve Officers cannot work alone and must work with a fulltime officer or a Level I Reserve Officer.

Level III Reserve Officers cannot work alone and are assigned mostly to special events. This is an entry level position for Reserve Officer, unless you have been certified at a higher level.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.



BENEFITS OF A RESERVE OFFICER  The Police Department does not offer financial compensation for it's Reserve Officers, but we will provide you with the standard uniform and equipment of a San Francisco Police Officer. You will be issued a Department-owned firearm, custom fitted protective vest, crowd control equipment, leather gear, and other related equipment. If a Reserve Officer regularly meets his/her monthly obligation of service, that Reserve Officer will be allowed to request a voucher for additional uniforms (on an annual basis).

Reserve Officers are eligible for continued professional training, outside training courses, and any other course taught at the SFPD Academy at no-cost to that Reserve Officer.

If a Reserve Officer is injured in the line-of-duty, he or she will receive Worker's Compensation benefits.


 Most Community Colleges that have an Administration of Justice Program sponsor the necessary training. There are several institutions within the nine Bay Area Counties, including City College of San Francisco.  

In most cases, the basic training needed (Reserve Officer Level III) will last one full semester. Contact the institution of your choice to determine the availability and schedule of the next class.   Some suggestions are listed below:

 South Bay Regional Training Consortium         City College of San Francisco
Administration of Justice Department                 College of San Mateo Campus
250 Phelan Avenue, Building 221                       1700 West Hillsdale Blvd  
San Francisco, CA 94112                                    San Mateo, California 94402

Santa Rosa Junior College Training Center        South Bay Regional  
Administration of Justice Department                  Evergreen Campus           
5743 Skylane Blvd                                               3095 Yerba Buena Road                        
Windsor, California 95492                                    San Jose, CA 95135

Napa Valley College                                             Martinez Adult Learning College
Administration of Justice Department                   Administration of Justice Department 
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway 29                             500 Court Street
Napa, California 95458                                         Martinez, California 94553

Type: Temporary Exempt
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Issued: December 1, 2015
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-Q000-900260

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