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What is Expected
What is Expected

Activity Commitment

Reserve officers commit to working at least 20 hours per month. They also work special assignments throughout the year, including Fourth of July Fireworks show, the County Fair, and parades throughout the city.

All equipment, uniforms and training are provided at no cost by GPD to reserve officers.
  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.
Applicant Processing Steps
Applicant Processing Steps
  1. Complete an application on-line from Gallatin City Hall.
  2. Written Testing – Test includes general knowledge question that relate to law enforcement, although no knowledge of law enforcement is required.
  3. Physical Agility Test – Consists of a 1.5 Mile Run, 1.5 minutes of sit-ups, 1.5 minutes of push-ups and flexibility test.
  4. Oral Interview – Determines if the applicant is aware of the commitment that is required by the department and establishes their desire to continue with the program.
  5. Extensive Background Investigation – In efforts to seek people with good moral character and to meet P.O.S.T. Commission guidelines, an extensive background check is conducted. Applicants to the program must have a good driving record as well as a clear criminal history.
  6. C.V.S.A. (Truth Verification Test) – The C.V.S.A. or Computer Voice Stress Analysis is given to applicants who have completed the background investigation to determine their general honesty as it relates to the information contained within their application and information uncovered during the background check.
  7. Psychological Testing – Determines the mental fitness of potential recruits.
  8. Drug Testing – Testing for all narcotics.
  9. Physical – A complete physical is conducted by a licensed physician to ensure that the recruit meets all P.O.S.T. Commission requirements.
  1. You will receive approximately 120 hours of training over a six-month period. This is typically conducted every Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM and every Saturday from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
  2. You are required to continue your education by attending forty hours of annual in-service held throughout the year. In-Service classes are typically on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM once a month.