The Selah Police Department Reserve Unit was started in 1985. The Reserve Unit is a total volunteer force comprised of six Reserve Officers and two police chaplains. Each Reserve Officer graduated from the Yakima County Police Reserve Academy and is state certified with full arrest powers when on duty.
In 2002, the Reserve Unit took over the duties of court security and prisoner transport to keep Line Officers free to handle priority calls for service. Members of the Reserve Unit provide traffic and crowd control for major community events and school sporting events.
The Selah Police Department Reserve Unit is looking for a few good men and women to join our team. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Selah Police Department Reserve Unit, applications are available Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm at the Selah Police Department. All candidates undergo the same selection process as a full time officer. All applicants will have their applications graded for completion, legibility and experience. After the application review, those who pass continue forward with the selection process which consists of the following; Background investigation, interview, polygraph examination, psychological examination and medical fitness test. Once the candidate has completed all of his/her testing requirements and is hired, he/she must attend a State Certified Reserve Officer Academy unless they have already completed a State Certified Reserve Academy and are still current with Criminal Justice training Center (CJTC). The Reserve Academy consists of written and practical testing, criminal and traffic laws, criminal law and procedures, defensive tactics, first aid & CPR, Emergency vehicle operations course (EVOC), firearms, active shooter response training and much more.
After graduation the Reserve Officer receives his/her commission and gets sworn in by the Selah City Clerk Treasurer. The Reserve Officer is then assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for additional training covering topics such as, department rules and regulations, department policies and procedures and daily police operations protocol. Each Reserve Officer is required to work 16 hours per month. If the process sounds long and difficult, you're right, It is. We want the best qualified people to join our ranks. Over the years, numerous Selah Police Reserve Officers have been hired full time by several area police departments. The on-the-job training and experience as a Reserve Officer, is the first step towards a successful and rewarding career in law enforcement. Ride-a longs are welcomed.
- U.S. Citizen
- High School Diploma or G.E.D.
- Valid Driver's License
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Must have completed or be willing to complete a certified Reserve Officer's Academy.
- Our Reserves are un-paid volunteers.
- All equipment is provided.
- We have a very high rate of turn over from Reserve Officer to Full time Line Officer.