Chapter 2.70


2.70.010    Program created – Appointment.

2.70.020    Qualifications.

2.70.030    Training.

2.70.040    Authority.

2.70.050    Compensation and equipment.

2.70.060    Exempted from certain benefits, privileges or rights.

2.70.070    Service and termination.

2.70.010 Program created – Appointment.

There is authorized and created a reserve police officer system in and for the city. All reserve police officers shall be appointed by the chief of police and confirmed by the mayor and, when so appointed, shall serve under his supervision and direction. (Ord. 1889 § 16 (part), 1999: Ord. 1709 § 1, 1995)

2.70.020 Qualifications.

All candidates for the reserve officer program must be U.S. citizens and be able to read and write the English language, be 21 years of age, and have a current and valid Washington State driver’s license. (Ord. 1709 § 2, 1995)

2.70.030 Training.

The chief of police shall establish and supervise a training program. Every candidate for appointment as a reserve police officer shall satisfactorily complete the training program prior to appointment; provided, that the chief of police may waive the program if the candidate’s prior training or experience in the field of law enforcement adequately qualifies the candidate to serve as a reserve police officer. (Ord. 1989 § 1, 2001: Ord. 1889 § 16 (part), 1999: Ord. 1709 § 3, 1995)

2.70.040 Authority.

All reserve officers upon appointment shall be issued a special commission by the mayor. Upon appointment and while performing assigned duty, a reserve police officer shall have the authority to issue citations, to make arrests, as permitted by law within the city, and to take into custody any person who commits, in the presence of the reserve police officer or within his view, any breach of the peace or offense prohibited by the laws of the state or by ordinances of the city and to summon aid and exercise all other powers necessary and requisite for the prevention of disorders or the apprehension of offenders. (Ord. 1889 § 16 (part), 1999: Ord. 1709 § 4, 1995)

2.70.050 Compensation and equipment.

Reserve police officers shall not be compensated for their services, but may, in the discretion of the city, be provided by the police department with uniforms, badges and equipment suitable for the performance of their duties, and may receive training and instruction from regular officers of the police department. Reserve police officers badges shall be so designed, shaped and worded as to be readily distinguishable from badges worn by regular police officers. (Ord. 1709 § 5, 1995)

2.70.060 Exempted from certain benefits, privileges or rights.

No reserve police officer shall be entitled to the benefits, privileges or rights conferred by chapter 2.96 SMC, establishing a civil service system; by the Washington Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Retirement System; by any collective bargaining agreement hereafter entered into by the city and any bargaining unit representing city employees; or by any contracts now in effect or hereafter established providing benefits of any kind for regularly employed city officers and employees; with the exception that reserve police officers shall be covered under State Industrial Insurance under the same classification as all regular officers. (Ord. 1709 § 6, 1995)

2.70.070 Service and termination.

All reserve police officers shall serve at the pleasure of the chief of police as approved by the mayor, and may be removed from, terminated by or dismissed from service without cause or reason. All uniforms, equipment, badges or other city property delivered to or used by a reserve police officer shall remain property of the city and shall be immediately restored to the city at the termination of the reserve police officer’s appointment. (Ord. 1889 § 16 (part), 1999: Ord. 1709 § 7, 1995)