May 25, 2010 > Fremont Reserve Police Officer Program
Fremont Reserve Police Officer Program
By Meenu Gupta
Reserve Officers exhibit extraordinary community spirit and involvement. A valuable asset to the Police Department, they supplement law enforcement manpower. Reserve Officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work with them in every aspect of department operations. "The program originally was a volunteer program, but it is now a paid part-time position," said Reserve Officer Coordinator, Sergeant Donn Tassano. "The requirements to get hired are the same; it is a state mandated requirement depending on the levels, and they have a certain amount of training required by State before they can get hired by the agency. We are not currently accepting job applications for Reserve Officers," said Sgt. Tassano.
The Fremont Police Department has a compliment of Level I, II, and III Reserve Officers. "Level III Reserve Officers help in Records and dispatch, but they can't get involved in anything that involves physical arrest," said Sgt. Tassano. "A Level II Officer can ride with a Level I Officer or a regular full-time Officer and be a Police Officer while they are out in a car or on duty with another officer," he said. "Level I training is the same as what a full-time Police Officer would go through. As a Level I Reserve Officer, they have the same power out on the street, laws of arrest, and duties and requirements as a full-time officer." Reserve management ranks include Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Patrol Officer. These positions allow ample growth and career advancement in the field of law enforcement.
Reserve Officers assist regular officers in patrolling specific areas of the city. Their primary duties are to function as the second officer in a patrol unit. "Back in 1985 we had 25 Reserve Officers and now we have six Reserve Officers," said Sgt. Tassano. The Reserve Officer, under direct supervision, performs law enforcement and crime prevention work, controls traffic and investigates vehicle accidents, and responds to call-outs for city emergencies. They routinely perform uniform patrol functions with full-time officers. In addition to supplementing the Patrol Division, the Reserve Officer also provides a police presence at community functions and various school functions. For further information about Fremont Reserve Police Officers visit www.fremontpolice.org.