Support Services>Police Reserves
For information on the Bakersfield Police Department Reserve Unit contact:
Senior Officer Nicole Shihrer
About The Reserve Unit:
The Bakersfield Police Reserve Unit was created in 1940 during WWII to assist local police in case of attack. The commitment later grew into assisting the department to fulfill its mission to serve and protect the community and citizens of Bakersfield.
Types of Duties
Assignments filled and duties discharged by the Reserve Officers are:
- Providing Back-up to Patrol Officers
- D.U.I. Checkpoints
- Vice/S.E.U. Operations
- Neighborhood Watch Programs
- Sporting Events
The Reserves also donate time to special functions such as; National Night Out, Peace Officers Memorial Run and P.A.L. Functions
The Reserve Unit is continually recruiting new reserve officers to meet our allotment of 65. We offer a unique challenge if you...
- Want to assist in making the community safer,
- Want to make a difference,
- Want to be a part of a prestigious group.
The requirements for becoming a Reserve Police Officer include:
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Must be in good physical and mental health with no disabling physical conditions.
- Must possess a valid California class C driver's license.
- Must have no record of felony arrests or convictions involving moral turpitude.
- Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
- Must possess a POST (California Peace Officer Standards and Training) approved certificate for level one, two or three reserve police officer or a basic police academy certificate.
- U.S. citizenship required.
- Weight must be in proportion to height.
- Vision: 20/50 correctable to 20/20 or 20/100 correctable to 20/20 with soft contact lenses.
Along with the POST Job Dimensions for a Peace Officer.
The examination process consists of (in order):
- Written Test
- Physical Agility Test
- Oral Interview
- Background Investigation including Polygraph and Psychological Evaluations
- Medical Examination / Drug Screening
This is a progressive testing format, and you must pass each phase to continue onto the next. Any failures will result in disqualification.
Reserve Police Officers, having met all qualifications and having been appointed, are required to work 20 hours per month. Also included is the mandatory attendance of the monthly training meeting. Range qualifications are also mandatory on a quarterly basis at the Bakersfield Police Pistol Range. The Bakersfield Police Department will provide a uniform and safety equipment.
P.O.S.T. Reserve Officer Modular Format
This format is the current training system for Level I, II, and III reserves. This format replaced the Module A, B, C, and D training system.
Level III Reserves (appointed on or after July 1. 1999)
Level III Module*
PC 832 Course (Part 1) 64 hours
Level III Course (Part 2) 98 hours
Total 162 hours
Level II Reserves (appointed on or after July 1. 1999)
Level III Module 162 hours
Level II Module 224 hours
Total 386 hours
Level I Reserves (designated and non-designated)
Level III Module 144 hours
Level II Module 189 hours
Level I Module 394 hours
Total 727 hours
*The Level III Module consists of two parts: the PC 832 Course and the Level III Course.
Information and Contacts for the P.O.S.T. Academy
Kern County Sheriff's Department
Vicky Erickson 661-868-1676
Bill Henry 559-791-2368
College of the Sequoia
Gary C. Kuncl 559-730-3752