reservesOur Mission

National City Police Reserves are people from the community who volunteer their time working as Reserve Police Officers. Most Reserve Officers have full time jobs, own small businesses, are students, or are in the military.

Reserve Officers have full police officer powers while on-duty. Our Reserve Officers supplement the patrol division as a solo or second officer in the field. Most Reserve Officers work patrol, learning the same techniques and skills as full time officers. Some Reserve Officers also work in the Investigations Division while others have collateral duties serving on the Department’s SWAT Team and Color Guard. Reserve Officers also work special events; such as parades, community events, mutual aid, search and rescue, and crime scene preservation.

The National City Police Department is always looking for talented men and women who have a desire to serve their community to join our Reserve Police Officer program. As a National City Police Reserve Officer, you will learn the basics of Law Enforcement from the ground up. Everyday will offer new learning experiences as you develop and sharpen the skills necessary to be an effective member of our patrol division. Reserve Officers who qualify are eligible to receive up to $300.00 per month for uniform reimbursement expenses.

How to become a National City Police Reserve Officer

The completion of a California POST approved Basic Academy is required. The Academy may take up to one year to complete. Interested applicants may submit an application with the National City Police Department once they have completed at least half of their Academy training. Applicants are then invited to participate in an interview. The police department will complete a throrough background investigation on the applicants who successfully complete the interview. The background investigation includes (but is not limited to) a check of financial records, criminal records, driving records, reference check and employment history. In addition, applicants will be required to pass a medical and psychiatric examination and truth verification test.

Where to apply

For more information about our reserve program or how to apply, please contact the NCDP Recruiting Team at (619) 336-4357 or