Reserve Officer Program

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The purpose of the White House Police Department Reserve Officer Program is to allow citizens to participate in Law Enforcement functions on a voluntary basis, to promote a spirit of good citizenship, and to continue the development of strong Police-Community relations. In addition, this program will provide assistance to the Police Department in the enforcement of law and the maintenance of peace. It will serve to establish a trained emergency response team that can be called upon to act in time of need. It will be a valuable resource in which full time Officers can be hired from. The intent of the program is not to replace a full time police officer with the reserve officer. The program will focus on assisting the full time officer with normal patrol activities.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license.
  • Not have been convicted or pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal, state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substance.
  • Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the armed forces of the United States of America.
  • Must live, own a business or be employed within the current urban growth boundary of the City.
  • Must be able to pass periodic drug testing in accordance with the City's policy on Drug Free Work Place.

The application process is as follows:

Applications maybe obtained from and returned to the Human Resource Department located in the Billy Hobbs Municipal Center at 105 College Street. Applicants meeting minimal requirements will be notified of the date for the written test and the physical agility test. Those applicants successfully passing both the written and physical agility tests will be invited to an oral review board. Applicants who are selected to continue further in the process will be required to complete an extensive background information packet. Once the background investigation has been successfully completed, those applicants selected will be asked to interview with the Chief of Police. Those applicants chosen will be scheduled for the remaining testing which includes a physical exam, psychological exam and a drug test. 


All Reserve Officers will be required to complete 80 hours of training during the first calendar year of employment. The Police Department understands the obligation of the Reserve Officers primary employment and all attempts will be made to be flexible and accommodating. During the initial training, the Reserve Officer will be assigned a Field Training Officer. The Field Training Officer is responsible for overseeing the Reserve Officer’s training and will work side by side with the Reserve Officer.

Monthly Hour Commitment

Each Reserve Officer is required to work a minimum of fifteen (15) hours per month. A Reserve Officer wishing to work more may do so. However, pursuant to state law (T.C.A. 38-8-101) a Reserve Officer may not exceed twenty hours (20) per week or one hundred hours (100) per month.

Cost Associated with the Program

The Police Department will provide all duty equipment and cover all cost associated with the training. The Reserve Officer will be responsible for uniforms, the initial drug screen test ($52.00) and the physical exam. The Command Staff at the Police Department is excited to offer another opportunity for community involvement. We would like to encourage all citizens who are interested in this program to apply. We acknowledge that serving in this capacity is not for everyone. It will take a level of commitment that for various reasons not all will be able to fulfill. For those who are able and are willing, this represents a unique opportunity to become involved. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sergeant Eric Enck at 672-4903.