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    I was hoping i could get in touch with any Level I reserves. I was thinking of joining up and I will be going in at that level. Im currently a sworn officer at a much smaller and slower dept and would like to gain the experience. I want to lateral out but with these tough economic times its not the best idea since im already stable where I am.. Any info from a Level I reserve or someone working with them would be greatly appreciated. I intend to go to the orientation but wanted firsthand POV about duties, training, scheduling conflicts, etc.. thanks to all in advance

  • #2
    So, you're a full time officer, but want to quit to become a non-paid reserve to get experience...?
    CHICKS DIG IT!!!

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    • #3
      Noooooo. My intention was to do both. Reserves is only 32 hrs every 2 months. I fully intend to lateral out to a full time position once things get better..

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      • #4
        wtf?...You GREEDY bastige!
        Timelines:

        CBPO
        App: 2/12/09
        Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
        Written: 2/20/09
        NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
        TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

        IEA
        App: 5/5/09
        Geo: San Diego
        Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
        NOR: 7/20/09
        Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
        TO: 10/6/09
        Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
        Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

        BPA
        Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
        App: 8/17/10
        Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
        TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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        • #5
          LAPD treats their reserves like poo.

          You will not be out in an A-car running radio calls, you will very likely be in some type of admin position photocopying reports or working the front desk at a station.

          The only reserve I know of that works the field on a regular basis is a guy in Hollywood, works every weekend setting up traffic control devices around the H-wood strip and he drives the LAPD pickup with no emergency equipment. All the others are on a desk somewhere.

          It would not be any easier to "lateral" to full time from an LAPD reserve position than it would be for anyone else applying for the job.

          Also, reserves are not entitled to any of the officer representation that full time guys are but are subject to all of the complaint processes and IA investigations the regular guys are. I have seen more than one reserve get "removed" for simple things such as a mouth beef where they did not know how to conduct themselves in an IA interview and were not able to have representation with them. So, they were removed as reserves which means there is no chance in hell they will ever be hired as full time.

          I'm not sure of it but, I also think LAPD will not allow you to be employed by another agency and be a reserve for us.
          Last edited by mtxpro752; 04-17-2011, 04:18 PM.
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          maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
            LAPD treats their reserves like poo.

            You will not be out in an A-car running radio calls, you will very likely be in some type of admin position photocopying reports or working the front desk at a station.

            The only reserve I know of that works the field on a regular basis is a guy in Hollywood, works every weekend setting up traffic control devices around the H-wood strip and he drives the LAPD pickup with no emergency equipment. All the others are on a desk somewhere.

            It would not be any easier to "lateral" to full time from an LAPD reserve position than it would be for anyone else applying for the job.

            Also, reserves are not entitled to any of the officer representation that full time guys are but are subject to all of the complaint processes and IA investigations the regular guys are. I have seen more than one reserve get "removed" for simple things such as a mouth beef where they did not know how to conduct themselves in an IA interview and were not able to have representation with them. So, they were removed as reserves which means there is no chance in hell they will ever be hired as full time.

            I'm not sure of it but, I also think LAPD will not allow you to be employed by another agency and be a reserve for us.
            As a LAPD Reserve, I can only speak for myself. I'm not treated like poo and I go out in an A-car once a week.

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            • #7
              I have only heard good things about LAPD reserve program.

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              • #8
                Newton had a couple of reserves who were paired up in an X car, but they had full time LEO experience in the past.

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                • #9
                  And in Harbor, the reserves would go out and do cerfew taskforces on friday/saturday nights. Its not glorious but I think most do it for the CCW benefit.

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                  • #10
                    i had a reserve PM me and tell me nothing but good things. Maybe its different in each division? also im nt doing it to "make it easier" if i do lateral. its just for my own training and experience gain. Maybe the reserves that have bad experiences are not level 1s and even then theres two different types of level 1s. Again i still thing its the division thatll make the diff whether youre put in an A car or sum admin stuff.. and YES im greedy to learn! haha

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                    • #11
                      It's rare to find two agencies that will let you be sworn at the same time otherwise known as "double-badge". I met a OCSD deputy that was a NBPD reserve but that's the only one I have come across.

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                      • #12
                        Too much liability, I guess. Id love to do that but I dont think my department would like it very much.

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                        • #13
                          My dept is ok with it so long as u keep a good attendance record.. we already have a guy who works part time for school pd agency..

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                          • #14
                            I carry two badges, and know two state insurance investigators (full-time peace officers) who are reserves at a local PD.

                            As far as LAPD goes, I know several of their reserves. What they do varies by station and their abilities.
                            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DAL View Post
                              What they do varies by station and their abilities.
                              It also varies by what level they are. Some are allowed to carry a gun and work the field, others don't carry a gun and only work ancillary duties.

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