Chapter 2.48   POLICE RESERVE


2.48.010   Established.

There is created and established a reserve police force of not to exceed ten members who shall be appointed by the chief of police of the city and who shall function as a unit of the city and under the supervision of the chief of police and/or his designated subordinates, subject to the rules and regulations of the police department.

(Ord. 566 § 1, 1995: Ord. 137 § 1, 1971)

2.48.020   Duties.

A reserve police officer shall exercise the same police authority as a regular police officer and shall supplement the regular police force, aid in the control of traffic and maintenance of order at parades and general policing of large assemblies of people, assist the regular police in the protection of life, property and preservation of peace and order, and perform such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned them by the chief of police.

(Ord. 566 § 2, 1995: Ord. 137 § 2, 1971)

2.48.030   Membership.


A person desiring an appointment as a reserve police officer shall complete and file an application with the chief of police on a form supplied by the chief and, in addition, indicate his willingness to serve as a reserve police officer an average minimum of twenty hours per month. The applicant shall also meet the below-stated qualifications and requirements prescribed for membership in the reserve police force and satisfactorily complete such training as is deemed appropriate.


To be eligible for appointment as a reserve police officer, a person shall be twenty-one years of age or more, a citizen of the United States, have a high school or graduate equivalent degree, of good moral character, and shall not have been convicted of or have pleaded guilty to a felony, a crime of violence or an offense involving moral turpitude. The chief of police may establish such additional qualifications for appointment as he deems necessary. Within one year of the date of hire, the reserve officer shall obtain reserve officer academy certification.


Applicants appointed by the chief of police to serve as reserve police officers shall take an oath of office and be sworn in. The chief of police is authorized to furnish each member of the reserve police force with a membership identification card and police badge. The membership identification card is to be carried by such member at all times, and the police badge is to be worn only when the reserve police officer is authorized to wear the prescribed uniform.


Membership of any person in the police officer reserves may be revoked at any time by the chief of police or his designee for any violation of police department rules and regulations or for any other cause which the chief deems sufficient. Any reserve police officer may resign as such upon furnishing the chief of police with written notification of his intent to resign. Upon separation from the police reserve officer force, all equipment issued to the reserve police officer by the city shall be returned to the police department within five days thereafter.


No member of the reserve police force shall be regarded as a city employee for any purpose subject to civil service rules and regulations nor entitled to the benefits of any Police Pension Fund Act.

(Ord. 566 § 3, 1995: Ord. 137 § 3, 1971)

2.48.040   Powers.

Members of the reserve police force shall have all those powers vested in them by the chief of police while in the performance of officially authorized duties, including such power to make arrest as any police officer of the city, but under no circumstances shall a reserve policeman exercise any power while not in the performance of duties ordered by the chief of police or by a regular police officer.

(Ord. 137 § 4, 1971)

2.48.050   Compensation.

Unless compensation is otherwise provided for in the police department's rules and regulations, members of the reserve police force shall serve without compensation. The city may, in its discretion, pay all or part of the cost of furnishing uniforms and equipment for the reserve police officer when the appropriation therefore has been included as an item in the city's budget.

(Ord. 566 § 4, 1995: Ord. 137 § 5, 1971)

2.48.060   Participation in volunteer firefighters' relief and pension plan.


For purposes of this chapter, the following terms are defined as follows:

"City" includes the City of Black Diamond, the Black Diamond fire department and the Black Diamond police department.

"Participant" means any firefighter, emergency worker or reserve officer who is or may become eligible to receive a benefit of any type under the retirement provisions of RCW Chapter 41.24 or whose beneficiary may be eligible to receive such benefit.

"Reserve officer" means the same as defined by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission under RCW Chapter 43.101.

"State board" means the state board for volunteer firefighters created by RCW Chapter 41.24.



Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Benefits Allowed For Police Reserve Officers. The state has by RCW 41.24 provided for the Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Act, the benefits of which are extended to qualifying reserve police officers.


The State Board for Volunteer Firefighters administers the Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Act.


Participation in Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Plan. The City of Black Diamond shall allow participation in the volunteer firefighters' relief and pension plan, administered by the State Board for Volunteer Firefighters, by qualifying reserve officers under Option 3 which reads as follows:

3) To count and pay the costs of all credit for services as a reserve and to pay pension fees at the option of the member, who must agree to pay his/her portion of the fees plus interest, at an actuarial rate to be determined by the state board. Any portion of back fees may be assigned by the municipality to be paid by the member.

(Ord. 674 §§ 1—3, 1999)