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Hitchcock Police Department

Reserve Patrol Officer

Reserve Patrol Officer
Posted On: Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Job Type:
Public Safety
Police Reserves
All Shifts
City of Hitchcock
Hitchcock Police Department
6815 2nd street, Hitchcock Texas, 77563
Full-Time non-paid
Duration: Travel:
Job Description:

A. Operate police cruiser or motorcycle to patrol assigned geographical area.

B. Monitor and observe vehicular traffic, detect vehicles which are exceeding the speed limit or otherwise being driven in a dangerous or unlawful manner, stop vehicle and investigate circumstances, and issue traffic citations as warranted.

C. Respond to reports of traffic accidents, administer first-aid to injured persons and call for emergency medical assistance. Control and direct vehicular traffic and citizens at crime scene, conduct interviews with involved drivers and witnesses to obtain relevant facts and information, and gather material evidence from accident scenes.

D. Observe business and residential properties for possible criminal activity; including checking buildings for unauthorized entry, searching structures and property for intruders, and investigating suspicious persons and events.

E. Respond to reports of robberies, thefts, burglaries, homicides, etc. Administer first-aid to injured persons and call for emergency medical assistance, secure the crime scene, control and direct citizens at the scene, conduct interviews with complainants, victims, witnesses, and suspects to obtain relevant facts and information, and gather material evidence from the scene of the event.

F. Respond to reports of public and domestic disturbances, calm overly excited or agitated persons, to including physically restraining unruly individuals. Conduct interviews with complainants and witnesses, obtain relevant facts and information, and mediate and resolve complaints and disputes.

G.Make arrests. To include subduing individuals with the appropriate action and force necessary, by placing individuals into handcuffs or other restraining devices. Searching vehicles and persons under arrest for weapons, and contraband and then transporting arrested individuals to the detention facility.

H. Assemble supporting documentation and prepare narrative reports, memorandums, and notes of accidents, incidents, and offenses, and maintain and update manual records, logs, and periodic activity reports.

I. Maintain inventories of equipment, materials, and supplies required to support daily operations.

Preferred Skills:

State law requires all reserve candidates to go through the same stringent background check and training as someone seeking regular, full-time employment with any Texas law enforcement agency. Candidates must also pass the same state exam for licensing as a regular officer. An extensive background investigation and drug testing help ensure only applicants of good moral character and reputation enter the reserve organization.

Applicants must:

  • Be 21 years of age on date of appointment. No maximum age limit
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid Texas driver's license
  • Have passed a basic Peace Officers academy and be certified as a Peace Officer by the State of Texas at the time of appointment
  • Be of Good Moral Character
  • If a military veteran, applicant must have an honorable discharge
  • Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20
  • Hearing must be normal
  • Show no trace of illegal drug use
  • Successfully pass a psychological evaluation
  • Successfully complete all phases of required testing
  • All costs for the application process, including medical and psychological testing, are to be paid by the applicant

By departmental regulation, a reserve officer must perform a minimum of 16 hours of duty assignment each month and attend a reserve meeting. Reserves also must pass regular firearms qualifications and can be called for special assignments and emergencies. Most reservists volunteer much more than the required minimum time.