Applicants selected as reserve recruit officers undergo a comprehensive training program, commensurate with career police officer training standards, with the Metropolitan Police Department. Reserve recruits undergo an approximately 6-month police academy conducted every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 10:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm weekly (with the first Saturday of each month off).
Additionally recruits go through a 10 day firearms training and proficiency course which may be outside the Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday routine. This course is mandatory for all recruits. Training to become a Reserve Police Officer requires a significant time commitment when factoring both class and study time and can be considered similar to pursuing a part-time higher education degree!
During the training academy reserve recruit officers learn many subject materials to include the following topics:
- Defensive tactics
- Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).
- Intelligence, counter-terrorism and gangs
- Vehicle skills training course
- Mental illness
- Diversity training
- Crime scene control and processing
- Traffic regulation and traffic control
- Criminal investigations
- Laws of arrest, search and seizure
- DC Criminal Code
- Firearms training
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