The Riviera Beach Police Department’s Reserve and Auxiliary Officer Program is comprised of members who volunteer their time to fulfill many of the roles handled by full-time sworn police officers. Their primary responsibility is to supplement the Department’s efforts in the prevention and detection of crime and the general enforcement of laws while assigned specific police duties. The Reserve and Auxiliary officers will also perform those vital functions that are necessary to assist full-time officers in emergency situations. The Reserve and Auxiliary officers are required to complete much of the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in every aspect of Department operations.
At the Riviera Beach Police Department, Reserve and Auxiliary officers are generally retired police officers, but may include certified officers to maintain a level of involvement in law enforcement. These motivated citizens continue to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in Riviera Beach. Their law enforcement background and expertise coupled with their insight into the city’s neighborhoods enables them to be extremely effective stakeholders for their communities. Their involvement in the community provides the full-time police officers with increased insight into the quality of life issues in the neighborhoods that they patrol routinely.
At the Riviera Beach Police Department there is a distinction between an Auxiliary Police Officer and a Reserve Police Officer. The Auxiliary Police Officer is employed or appointed without compensation, who aids or assists a full-time or part-time Law Enforcement Officer and who, while under the direct supervision of a full-time Law Enforcement Officer, has the authority to perform law enforcement functions. Whereas, a Reserve Police Officer is considered a part-time Law Enforcement Officer who is employed or appointed less than full-time, with or without compensation, who is vested with the authority to bear arms and make arrests and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of penal, criminal, traffic or highway laws of the state. Both Reserve and Auxiliary Officers are subject to the limitations set forth in the appropriate Florida Statutes.
How do the Reserve and Auxiliary officers fit into the organization of the Riviera Beach Police Department? The Riviera Beach Police Department Reserve Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all of the Reserve and Auxiliary officers receive the Florida mandated training and firearms qualifications annually. They perform routine day-to-day activities under the supervision and direction of the patrol shift supervisor. Depending upon the specific assignments, the duties may include (but not limited to) the following:
The certification process for Auxiliary Officers differs from the process required for Reserve Officers. The Auxiliary Officer must meet the following requirements:
The Reserve Officer must meet the following requirements:
Both Reserve Offices and Auxiliary Officers must comply with mandatory retraining for continuing educational requirements and participate in regular in-service training.
Candidates for positions as Auxiliary Police Officers or Reserve Police Officers must meet the above listed minimum qualifications and pass all applicable background checks. The Riviera Beach Police Department’s Reserve Program Coordinator and Selection Committee will review the applicants and make a recommendation to the Chief of Police, who is responsible for final approval on all candidates.
At the Riviera Beach Police Department, both Auxiliary Police Officers and Reserve Police Officers are required to attend the same statutorily required in-service training on the use of lethal and non-lethal weapons as full-time officers. Additionally, they are required to receive training on the use of force and to successfully complete annual firearms qualifications. Occasionally, additional in-service training is identified by the Riviera Beach Police Department as mandatory training, and the Auxiliary Police Officers and Reserve Police Officers will be required to attend.
For more information, please email Reserve Captain Todd Weicholz, Esq. firstname.lastname@example.org
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