Reserve Unit

Born from necessity in the wake of World War II, the Jackson Police Reserve Unit at the Police Department is full-sized and staffed with loyal men and women who serve the community in a time of need without compensation. Officially established by City Ordinance 75-5, reserve officers are the unheralded champions of the police force who are called upon during community activities or major emergencies.


To become a member of the Jackson Police Reserve Unit, applicants must complete a 17-week, 150-hour training course. This course covers subject matter that plays critical roles in the job of a police officer, like criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms safety, courtroom testimony and more. In-service training is provided regularly to keep these topics updated with reserve officers. Other requirements that applicants must meet to become reserve officers are:
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and execute imperative decisions
  • Ability to understand, follow and carry out instruction
  • Absolutely no personal bias or prejudice towards others
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Calm temperament with ability to deal with others
  • Good driving record with no moving violations (within 2 years of application date)
  • Good moral character
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • No past felon records or dishonorable discharges from military service
  • Physically fit and able to perform active duties under adverse conditions
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Working phone (home and/or mobile)
If you wish to join us as a reserve officer, fill out the Reserve Application (PDF) and return it to the Reserve Office Coordinator at the Jackson Police Department.