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Reserve Officers

Reserve Police Officers volunteer their time and work a minimum of 12 hours a month with the other patrol officers of the police department. The training of a Reserve Police Officer parallels that of full time paid Police Officers. Their service is provided free to the City. The main function of the Reserve Officer Program is to provide support and additional personnel to the patrol division. Reserve Officers may be able to opt for full-time Police Officer I status, depending on availability of positions.

A Reserve Officer has received training in the same areas as a Police Officer.

Winter Haven Police Reserve Officers must commit to volunteering a minimum of 12 hours per month. All work performed on behalf of the Winter Haven Police Department will be credited to Reserve Officers. Following are some examples of credited time:

Attending mandatory meetings
Patrol ride-alongs
On-view activity
Special events
Firearms training
In-service training
Firearms re-qualification

If you have what it takes to be a proud member of the Winter Haven Police Department Reserve Unit and want to be an influence in YOUR community, please contact the Personnel Selection Unit at 863.298.4441.

Minimum Requirements For Reserve Police Officers

Must be nineteen (19) years of age
Must be a citizen of the United States
Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
Must not have received a dishonorable or undesirable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
Must be in good physical condition
Be of good moral character; no felony arrest(s) or misdemeanor convictions involving moral character, perjury or false statements and must not have been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence
Must pass a medical examination as required by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Must pass psychological screening program
Must undergo a background investigation including polygraph examination
Will be tested for controlled substances prior to employment and may be tested for controlled substances during employment in this classification
Must complete our hiring process
Florida Police Academy Graduate
Pass the Florida State Law Enforcement Examination


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