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Reserve Corps FAQ Page

Reserve Corps members undergo physical training.

When is the next Academy class?

Ordinarily, the Metropolitan Police Department starts a Reserve Police Academy each spring. If you are considering joining the Department as a Reserve Police Officer, apply today and attend a new candidate orientation to learn more specifics.

How often do I have to serve if I join the Reserve Corps?

The Reserve Corps is a volunteer organization. Upon completion of the intensive training and field training programs, armed members are expected to volunteer at least 24 hours per month.  Unarmed members are expected to volunteer at least 16 hours per month.  Many of our volunteers go well above and beyond the minimum expectations as they enjoy providing voluntary service to the Washington, DC community.

What are the expenses associated with becoming a Reserve member?

There are no formal expenses to join the Reserve Corps. All initial application costs are covered by the Department. During training all required uniform and equipment items are furnished to each member at no cost (except for under garments and boots).  Upon graduation from the training academy there are no further costs. The Department does not reimburse members for travel to and from their duty assignments; however, while on duty, the Department covers all costs associated with a member’s volunteer service.

Does MPD provide insurance or other benefits in case I am hurt while volunteering?

In the unexpected and unfortunate case a Reserve Corps member is injured in the line of duty, all Reserve Corps members are covered by the District of Columbia’s workman’s compensation program.

Do I have to testify if I make an arrest? I have a fulltime job that would make it difficult to appear during the day.

Yes.  As a sworn police officer in the District of Columbia, you are required to comply with all mandatory court appearances (i.e., papering, preliminary hearings, and trials). Each applicant should consider their full time employment while deciding whether the Reserve Corps opportunity is right for them to pursue.

Are there any differences in the uniform that Reserve members wear?

Reserve Corps members are issued identical equipment to their career service counterparts.

Can Reserve members drive MPD vehicles and use other Department resources?

Yes. Reserve Corps officers are fully trained and sworn police officers in the District of Columbia.

What is the culture like within the Reserve Corps?

The Reserve Corps maintains a positive culture dedicated to volunteer service. Members contribute considerable portions of their time to help strengthen the police department and the Washington, DC community.  The best way to understand the Reserve Corps’ culture is to come to a New Candidate Orientation or a ride-along with one of our 80+ members.   

Do I get to choose where I can patrol as a Reserve member?

Each Reserve Corps member can request their top three police district preferences at time of graduation.  Although consideration is given to each member’s preference, ultimately, the location of assignment is determined by the Department based upon operational needs.