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The MPDC has redesigned its Reserve Corps program to make it more accessible to those interested in volunteering with the department. The Reserve Corps program now consists of two levels of Reserve Officers, each class with different duties, authorities, selection criteria and training.

The Department’s Maurice T. Turner, Jr., Metropolitan Police Academy provides training for all Reserve Officers. The Department understands that the Reserve Corps is staffed with volunteers.

Thus, the training for recruit Reserve Officers will be provided on a varied schedule, during the day and evenings, and on weekends. Current training schedule is Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm for 50 weeks.

During training, Reserve Officer candidates complete a full program of physical skills, classroom, and hands-on training to prepare them for the challenges of being a Reserve Officer. Among the subjects covered by the training are laws of arrest, search and seizure, criminal law, traffic regulations, human relations, community policing, ethics and integrity, and basic police techniques. Level I Reserve Officer candidates must successfully complete the same firearms training as career officers to be elevated to Level I status.