Job Opening Announcement


Date: April 28, 2017
Due Date: December 30, 2022
Salary: Volunteer

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Reserve Police Officer.  Applications are available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon, by telephone (541) 269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this announcement.

This position will be opened until filled.  All applications shall be handwritten. Faxed applications will not be accepted.  Please include a valid email address where you can be contacted.  All notification regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail.  NOTE:  Applications without an attached personal resume will not be considered.

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during normal business hours.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security, and protection to the citizens of the City of Coos Bay.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  The Reserve Police Officer is a volunteer who serves at the pleasure of the Chief of Police and is an "at will" employee.  Reserve Police Officer works under the direction of a Police Sergeant or supervisory officer who assigns details and reviews work for conformance to law and department policies, rules, and regulations.  

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  A reserve police officer in this classification may perform any of the following duties.   However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which a reserve police officer may perform.

1.    On volunteer basis, aids in preventing crime and enforcing Federal, State, and City laws.

2.     Observes, reports, and acts upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings, assisting other officers, enforcing traffic, making arrests, transporting prisoners, and investigating crime(s).

3.     Using own judgment, determines the nature of a call for service, investigates the circumstances and may take necessary or prudent action at the direction of a certified officer.

4.     Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations; administers first aid/requests appropriate medical response; performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations and domestic disputes; educates the public on laws and ordinances; assists citizens with complaints and inquiries and directs them to the appropriate authority.

5.     Responds to emergency radio calls with certified officers and assists with investigating accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, missing persons, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc.; takes appropriate law enforcement action when appropriate.

6.     Prepares a variety of written and oral reports.

7.     Assists in the investigation of crimes, interviewing of witnesses, victims, and suspects and provides feedback to the appropriate people; collects and documents evidence.

8.     Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the reserve officer has knowledge of whether it be criminal or civil.

9.     Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.

10. Prepares and maintains legible, concise and understandable record of activities (i.e. notebook).

11. Performs special assignments related to investigations, crime prevention and traffic enforcement.

12.   Performs other duties as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY:  Knowledge of City ordinances, civil service, State and Federal laws; content, intent and application of Oregon criminal law; adult and juvenile judicial procedures; civil and constitutional laws; Departmental policies and procedures; laws of arrest and search and seizure; techniques of interview and interrogation; criminal case preparation; crime scene management; oral and written communication skills.

Ability to prepare clear and concise written reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately before taking safe effective action; enforce federal, state and municipal laws; work with the public in a courteous respectful manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Physical strength, agility, and stamina sufficient to perform the work of this position; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to work independently and make sound decisions. Ability to maintain mentally fit and able to deal courteously and firmly with the public, often in stressful situations.  Ability to work independently and make sound decisions.  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and other you come in contact with. 

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered:  be a US citizen; be at least 21 years of age by date of appointment; must pass cognitive and physical abilities testing; pass medical examinations and drug screen; have the ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license; pass a comprehensive background check; and provide copy of High School Diploma or GED certificate. 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, handcuffs, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a reserve officer to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the reserve officer is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The reserve officer is required to stand; run; walk; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and detect odors.

The reserve officer must occasionally lift and/or drag more than 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Vision and hearing requirements established by DPSST must be met.

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

GUIDELINES:  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Coos Bay and reserve officer and is subject to change by the City of Coos Bay as the needs of the position.


Not applicable

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required application forms and personal resume with original signatures as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application.