Reserve peace officers wanted

(Press Releases from Bishop and Mammoth Police)

Reserve  Peace  Officer  Recruitment  and  Training:  

Do you have an interest in Law Enforcement?  Have you ever wanted to be a Law Enforcement Officer?  Do you wish you knew more about Law Enforcement?

Agencies throughout Inyo and Mono Counties are currently recruiting for Reserve Peace Officers.  Typically, Reserve Officers work side by side with full time Officers in enforcing the law.  They wear the same uniform, have Peace Officer powers, including powers of arrest, and are armed in the performance of their duties.  Some agencies pay their Reserve Officers an hourly wage for their service.

Cerro Coso Community College is currently offering the first in a series of Reserve Peace Officer Academy classes at the Bishop Campus.  Registrations are currently being accepted.  The first class, Reserve Level III, is being offered the following dates/times:  After completion of Reserve Level III training, graduates will be qualified to apply for positions with some agencies.

August 28, through November 15, 2012.  Classes will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

A Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Bishop City Council Chambers, located at 301 W. Line St., Bishop, CA.  Representatives from Cerro Coso College and local Law Enforcement Agencies will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the application process.  

Those persons interested may contact the following for more information:

Mr. Steve Rogers, Public Safety Director, Cerro Coso College  760-384-6304

Chief Chris Carter, Bishop Police Department, 760-873-5866


MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT is Recruiting Reserve Officers

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) is recruiting qualified individuals interested in serving their community as Reserve Police Officers.  This recruitment effort coincides with a Level 3 Reserve Academy being presented by Cerro Coso College in the Fall.

The Basic Peace Officer Level 3 Academy will be offered through the Administration of Justice Program at the Bishop campus.  The Academy will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 pm until 10 pm starting on August 28 and finishing on November 15.   Tuition for the Academy is $230.

Level 3 Reserve Officers may perform limited support functions while under the supervision of a regular Police Officer.  This includes transporting arrestees without supervision.

You do not have to be affiliated with a Police Department to attend the Reserve Academy.  However, the MLPD is accepting applications for Reserve Officer and, if selected in time, the MLPD will sponsor the tuition.  The standards for being a Reserve Officer are the same as a regular Officer and the selection process includes medical and psychological exams and a thorough background investigation.

Anyone interested in applying for a position as a Reserve Police Officer with the MLPD should contact Sergeant Marc Moscowitz at (760) 934-2011 or by e-mail at

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the Reserve Academy can visit Cerro Coso’s website at or call the local offices at (760) 934-2875 (760) 872-1565.



5 Responses to Reserve peace officers wanted

  1. Davie Crockett July 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Sounds like there’s opportunity for another donut shop to go in.

  2. Sean July 19, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Being a Reserve is a great way to figure out A) If law enforcement is a good fit for you and B) If you have the skills and desire to go full time (as in a paid job) after you have some Reserve experience. I was a Reserve down south for 3 years in my 20’s and it made things a breeze when I eventually got hired full time.

    If you have interest just go to the class. It may be “boot camp ish” but if you can deal with that sort of thing (marching, running, and getting yelled at) then you will start to understand what you are getting into.

    And you may find out from the Reserve classes that you don’t want to be a cop (which is OK. Not everyone is good at it or can/wants to put up with the BS of the occupation). You can drop out of the class and you will have saved yourself a bunch of time by not having to go to department testing/recruitment events.

    Last word of advice – Try to do well in the class if you stick with it. One day down the road when you try to get hired full time the department you are testing with WILL review your class grades and may even talk to your instructors to see what they say about you. Be humble and work hard.

  3. Sean July 19, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    And we need a few more good donut shops around. Vons has OK donuts but we really need an actual donut place with good coffee. I can only handle sooo many hippie inspired vegan gluten free peace muffins before I start dreaming of what it used to be like to get a fresh chocolate bar straight from the oven of the local donut shop at 4 am in the morning when I used to work nights 🙂

    • Davie Crockett July 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Sean– Hings is great and I’ve never seen anyone work harder than the owners of that establishment. Great Basin is also great for the more nutritious crowd. Their Cowgirl cookies are most excellent and even the manly man in me enjoys them. I think a place closer to the police station that offers all kinds of tasty pleasures would do well.

  4. jose chavez July 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    well said Sean!. A life long friend took the same route. He was a volunteer EMT and invested some of his own time with the fire dept. before joining law enforcement. Although his roots may be from Mammoth, he is now an Inyo County Sheriff. While going to college, I took a ride along with a Kern County Sheriff. It wasa quite an experience!. I encourage anyone showing some intrested in that related field to take initiative and take advantage of the oportunity!


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