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Reserve Officer

City of Acworth

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Position Summary
This position is responsible for the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws and the protection of life and property on a part time basis.  An officer in this position may be assigned to perform specialized duties in patrol, court security, assist in special events and other details assigned by the Chief of Police or his designee.

Position Description

  • The primary purpose of Reserve Officers is the augmentation of regular police forces under certain circumstances directed by the Chief of Police, Uniform Patrol Commander, or the Special Operations Commander.
  • Patrols the city to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations, issues citations.

  • Responds to calls relayed by communications officers, including, but not limited to, domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations into traffic accidents, crimes, and other incidents including interviewing victims, complainants, and witnesses; gathering information and evidence; and securing crime scenes.
  • Apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Provides assistance and backup support to other officers and emergency service providers as necessary.
  • Directs traffic, provides traffic direction and escort services as needed for events such as parades, funerals, ball games, and school crossings.
  • Testifies in judicial proceedings as necessary.
  • Completes all required reports and forms, including, but not limited to, accident and incident reports.
  • Inspects and maintains an assigned patrol car, uniform, and equipment.
  • Serves criminal warrants.
  • Checks areas and buildings for security; examines businesses and licensed establishments.
  • Attends ongoing training classes as required.
  • Overtly displays a positive attitude that sincerely supports and encourages the betterment of the City of Acworth, the citizenry, city officials, supervision, counterparts, and subordinates.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs Court Security on a weekly basis when needed.


  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, search and seizure laws, town ordinances, and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of traffic accident investigation techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the geography and streets of the city.
  • Knowledge of the court system and judicial procedures.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and job-related software systems.
  • Skill in operating police vehicles and emergency equipment.
  • Skill to meet qualification standards in the use of firearms.
  • Skill in operating radios and communications equipment.
  • Skill in operating speed detection equipment.
  • Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


The Special Operations Commander or assigned supervisor assigns work in terms of general instructions. Work is reviewed for compliance with instructions and established procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of final results.


Guidelines include state and federal laws, traffic laws, city ordinances, and department policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific but may require some interpretation in application.


  • The work consists of related technical law enforcement duties.  The varied nature of calls and the potential for emergencies contribute to the complexity of the work.
  • The purpose of this position is to protect life and property and enforce federal, state, and local laws.  Successful performance helps ensure the safety and well-being of citizens and promotes the efficient and effective operation of the department.


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other emergency service providers, court system personnel, members of civic and community groups, school groups, business owners,  other law enforcement officers, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, settle matters, and interview persons.


  • The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching or stooping.  The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and use the physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons.
  • The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors.  The employee may be exposed to, including, but not limited to, noise, dust, dirt, grease, infectious or contagious diseases, life-threatening situations, and inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective clothing and devices.



  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council for the State of Georgia.

The qualifications listed above represent the credentials necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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