Reserve Program

If you are looking for a challenge, want to work in a fast-paced environment, and have the desire to serve your community as a Reserve Police Officer, the Oceanside Police Department wants you!

The Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and is looking for individuals who value integrity, are willing to work hard, and enjoy working in a team environment.

The Reserve Program is designed to promote civic interest in law enforcement and to serve the community. This is accomplished by supplementing regular law enforcement operations with a staff of highly trained and professional reserve officers. All reserve officers receive the same training as regular officers. Upon completion of the academy, reserve officers are assigned for field training in the Department’s Field Training Officer Program. Once this training is successfully completed, reserve officers are eligible to work assignments throughout the department.

Reserve officers are required to work a minimum of twenty hours per month. Additional hours may be worked.

Reserve officers are provided uniforms and safety equipment – including a ballistic vest and firearm.

Many advancement opportunities are available to reserve officers, who can attain any of the following promotional ranks:

  • Reserve Sergeant
  • Reserve Lieutenant
  • Reserve Captain

Qualified applicants must either possess an active POST Basic Reserve Certificate, be currently employed as a Reserve Police Officer in the State of California, or be enrolled in a POST-accredited academy. An extended format academy is offered at the Palomar College Police Academy. Additional information about the academy is available either by calling 760-744-1150 x 1770 or on the Web at

Applications may be obtained from the City of Oceanside Human Resources Department at 760-435-3500 or through the Oceanside Police Department by calling 760-435-4900.

Upon filing an application, an oral interview is conducted. Candidates who successfully pass the interview will be placed on a list with other qualified candidates. Candidates selected for appointment must pass an extensive screening process including a polygraph exam, a thorough background investigation, a psychological evaluation, and a medical examination.

For more information, contact Sgt. Ronald Hardy at 760-435-4821 or e-mail at