Interested in being a police officer? Pasco police are looking for men and women willing to volunteer in their community as a reserve officers.
Reserves go through the same testing that applicants for full-time commissioned officer positions endure and have to complete a five-month reserve academy.
"People who are interested in serving the community and in becoming law enforcement officers (should apply)," said Reserve Lt. Paul Brunner, who runs Pasco's reserve force. "This is a very good stepping stone for that career field."
Pasco has 13 reserve officers, and Brunner is looking to add six more.
A physical agility test is scheduled Oct. 22, so applications will be accepted until Oct. 21.
Applicants need to be able to pass background checks and a polygraph test as well.
Reserve officers are required to work at least 16 hours a month and attend two monthly training meetings. They participate in many community events such as the bike patrol program, regular patrol activities and special assignments for the police department, Brunner said.
Reserve officers also participate in regular training with full-time officers.
Last year, three people completed the academy and a couple reserves officers were hired full-time as police officers, Brunner said.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a high school diploma or GED who are 21 by the time they complete the reserve academy. The next academy begins in January 2012 and runs through May at Columbia Basin College.
Those who successfully complete the academy will be certified as reserve officers by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Applications are available at the police station at city hall or online at pasco-wa.gov, then look for volunteer opportunities under the police department section.
For more information, call Pasco police at 545-3421 or Brunner at 544-3080, ext. 6063.