City of McPherson

Police Reserve Officer - City of McPherson


The McPherson Police Department is seeking a highly motivated person with a desire to serve our community as a part-time Police Reserve Officer. The Police Reserve Officer is a volunteer who assists the Department and its certified police officers in accomplishing the Department’s mission and goals and helps the Department provide increased and enhanced services to the City of McPherson. The Police Reserve Officer serves the Department without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for those services, except for reimbursement of expenses, reasonable benefits, and/or a nominal fee.

Why be a Reservist instead of a full-time Officer? The Reservist program is great for those who already have jobs they love and just want to do something exciting, for people who are not yet 21 (the national minimum age to be a law enforcement officer), and are still in college looking to enhance their resume to be a more enticing job applicant, or people considering a career in law enforcement who want to see what it's really like. The Reserves program allows you to sample law enforcement and serve your community, and have fun while doing it!

Reservist wages start at $12.00/hr for up to 75 hours, and Reservists will be expected to serve a minimum of four (4) hours per month.

Applicants, you must submit the completed Supplemental Responses with your application to continue in the hiring process.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Be a citizen of the United States
-Be at least 18 years old
-Possess a valid driver's license
-Possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
-Pass a background investigation


 ·         Complete the Reserve Officer Training Program.

·         Be familiar with and enforce all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances;

·         Protect the life, property, and peace of the citizens of McPherson;

·         Recruit volunteer Police Reserve Officers;

·         Prepare reports using the Department’s reporting system,

·         Operate and maintain Department equipment, including *firearms, taser, OC spray, baton, radio communications equipment, and uniforms;

·         During any assignment to any major crime scenes, secure the perimeter, preserve all evidence, and assist with all other tasks delegated or assigned to them at the crime scene;

·         Report for duty at the designated time and place, wearing the regulation uniform provided by the Department and with all equipment serviceable.

·         Proceed without unnecessary delay to perform assigned duties.

·         Assist certified officers with law enforcement functions and duties.

·         Observe and detect conditions that jeopardize the safety of persons and/or property, and take appropriate action.

·         Cultivate strong relationships and favorable public image for the Department in the community.

·         Perform in a manner that will build public confidence.


·         Assist other law enforcement agencies as directed.

·         Understand and follow department policies and procedures.










·         Understand and follows safety procedures and practices.

·         Provides credible testimony in court proceedings.



 Experience: No experience necessary. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within one year.

 Education:  A high school diploma or GED is required and a valid Driver’s License.

 Technical Skills:  A thorough knowledge of all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, law enforcement techniques, criminal investigations, and mathematics is required.   This employee must be able to efficiently operate *firearms, patrol vehicles, computers, two-way radios, and other law enforcement equipment. The ability to concentrate on tasks in the presence of distractions, to complete and check forms and documents, to understand and anticipate problems, and to read and interpret maps, manuals, legal documents, reports, and written instructions is required. This employee should possess excellent public relation, organizational, oral and written communication skills.

 Problem Solving: Independent problem solving is involved in this position. This employee may encounter problems with personnel issues, domestic violence, citizen complaints, and criminal investigations.

 Decision Making: Independent decision-making is involved in this position. This employee assists officers in making arrests, investigating crimes and accidents, and performing duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

 Police Reserve Officers must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, and pass a background investigation.

 Police Reserve Officers must be willing to serve without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for their services.

 Current employees of the Department (Civilian or Certified Officers) are not eligible to volunteer as Police Reserve Officers.

 Supervision:  The Police Reserve Officer generally reports to and works under the direction of the Police Reserve Sergeant, within the Chain of Command and under the direction of the Police Chief.  The Police Reserve Officer reports to the Operations Lieutenant or Shift Supervisor when appropriate. The Police Reserve Officer does not supervise other Department personnel or volunteers.

 Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for the safe operation of Department equipment.

 Personal Relations: Contact with the general public, co-workers, and supervisory personnel is expected.

 Law Enforcement Authority: The Police Reserve Officer is not a certified police officer and does not have the same law enforcement authority or power of arrest as a certified police officer. The Police Reserve Officer has no authority to act on behalf of the Department except in the performance of duties assigned by the Police Reserve Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, or Police Department Command Staff.

 Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions may exist for this position, including without limitation exposure to a level of risk to personal safety while performing some duties.

 Training: The Police Reserve Officer shall complete the Reserve Officer Training Program.

 Physical Requirements: The ability to pass and maintain all physical activities and requirements of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center is required.

 Residential Requirements: Must obtain residency within thirty five miles of the city limits of McPherson.

***The specific statements shown in this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job

Applicants, you must submit the completed Supplemental Responses with your application to continue in the hiring process.
    For further information, please contact Captain Mark Brinck at (620) 245-1200 or

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