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Reserve Force

Reserve ForceThe Tampa Police Department's Reserve Force's primary purpose is to provide additional manpower for special events or during emergencies.  Reserve Officers also augment patrol divisions assisting with police calls for service.  Civic minded, volunteer Reserve Officers give back to the community by helping maintain public order and fostering a positive public image.

What Tampa Police Reserve Force Officers Do?

  • Patrol the streets & neighborhoods of Tampa, side by side with Tampa Police Officers
  • Work Special Events side by side with Tampa Police Officers
  • Have opportunities to work paid extra-duty assignments

Eligibility Requirements

  • US Citizen
  • 21 Years Old
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Valid FL Driver's License
  • Social Security Number
  • Pass Polygraph Exam
  • Pass Psychological Exam
  • Pass Physical Exam
  • Pass Drug Screening
  • Pass Character/Background Investigation

Uniforms

All uniforms and equipment are provided by the City of Tampa at no cost with the exception of footwear.

Training

Newly appointed Reserve Officers are assigned to a comprehensive Field Training & Evaluation Program.

Volunteer Requirements

Reserve Officers are required to work a minimum of 20 hours a month of volunteer time including a monthly training class.  Meetings are mandatory unless excused through the Reserve Force chain of command.

Compensation

Reserve Officers are “non-compensated” employees covered under the same benefits as full-time officers while on duty.  Extra-duty assignments are compensated to Reserve Officers the same as full-time Officers.

Want to Join the Reserve Force?

We are currently only accepting applications from candidates who are currently State Certified as a Law Enforcement Officers.  Please contact our Training Unit at 813-242-5424 and ask to speak with the Reserve Force Coordinator.