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To be considered for the Reserve Unit you must:

  1. Must be an American citizen
  2. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  3. Must be a high school graduate or possess equivalency.
  4. Must not have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest), to any felony charge or any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances and not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States.
  5. Must possess a valid Tennessee drivers license and have a good driving record.
  6. Must have fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
  7. Must pass a standard departmental physical examination by a licensed physician.
  8. Must complete a truth verification examination.
  9. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen by a licensed physician.
  10. Must be certified by a Tennessee Licensed Health Care Provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields as being free from any disorders, as set forth in the current edition of the DSM, that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner impair the subject’s ability to perform any essential function of the job as outlined in TCA 38-11-106.
  11. Must have good moral character.
  12. Must be interview by the Reserve Steering Committee.
  13. Upon selection, the participant shall undergo a probationary period for a minimum of one (1) year.
  14. Each applicant will be submitted to a background investigation consisting of a check with federal, state and local law enforcement and personal and local references. Any applicant that has a questionable background check will not be accepted.


  1. Each Reserve Officer shall work a minimum of five (5) hours per shift and a minimum of twenty (20) hours and a maximum of eighty (80) hours per month.
  2. Duty hours must be coordinated with the Reserve Squad Leader. At no time will a Reserve Police Officer report for duty without being scheduled or requested by a supervisor.
  3. Reserve Police Officers must be available to assist during times of city disaster or emergency.
  4. Reserve Police Officers must be able to assist in annual events such as parades and Forth of July Fireworks show as well as other unscheduled special events.
  5. The Reserve Officer must advise the appropriate supervisor or Reserve Coordinator in advance when a situation dictates absence from a scheduled tour of duty. In the event that advance notice is not given, a verbal warning will be issued to the officer on the first offense. On the second offense, a written reprimand will be issued to the officer. In the event of a third offense, the Reserve Officer will be subject to termination.
  6. Reserve Police Officers shall generally be assigned to the patrol division and shall assist zone officers to enhance police presence. From time to time, the Chief of Police or shift supervisor may assign Reserve Officers to other duties as needed or requested.
  7. Reserve Police Officers are not authorized to work off duty employment as police/security officers unless otherwise approved in writing, by the Chief of Police. At no time will a Reserve Police Officer work under the color of office outside of this county.
  8. Level two Reserve Police Officers may be allowed to drive auxiliary police cars to and from city events and functions only with permission from the Chief of Police or his designee.
  9. Reserve Police Officers may not exhibit blue lights on their personal vehicles.
  10. Reserve Police Officers are prohibited from exercising police action while off duty. The authority of an off duty Reserve Officer is limited to the same authority as any member of the general public.