El Mirage Police Department - Police Officer Reserve

The El Mirage Police Department’s Reserve Division is comprised of Arizona residents who volunteer their time performing general law enforcement functions for the citizens of El Mirage. Officers come from a broad professional background, yet share a common interest in police work and volunteerism.

Interested citizens must complete the testing process and general qualifications as they are the same for all sworn positions, whether full-time or volunteer. Successful applicants will attend more than 650 hours of classes at an AZPOST certified law enforcement training academy.

Upon graduation from the academy, officers begin a two-year field training program leading to solo-officer/car-commander status. Reserve officers are required to maintain specific in-service training standards designed to keep them abreast of the latest trends in law and enforcement techniques along with other professional proficiencies.

Reserve officers are required to work no less than 16 hours per month. Most officers volunteer an average of 24-40 hours per month working uniformed patrol, criminal investigations or special-assignment tasks for the department based on aptitude and skills.

Minimum Qualifications for Recruit Reserves

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency, supplemented by college level coursework in criminal justice, or a related field. Associates degree is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications for Lateral Officer Reserves

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency, supplemented by college level coursework in criminal justice, or a related field. Associates degree is desirable.
  • Applicant must have completed an AZPOST certified law enforcement training academy and the requirements of a Police Officer Trainee.

Special Requirements for Recruit and Lateral Reserves

  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the an AZPOST certified law enforcement training academy.
  • Must be an AZPOST Certified Peace Officer in good standing with AZPOST or have the ability to obtain AZPOST Police Officer Certification.
  • Applicants must have an Arizona Class D operator’s license at the time of appointment.