Reserve Police Officer

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Part Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $38.00/Hour USD


Essential Functions: These functions may not be present in all positions in these classes. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Upon hire, completes the Department's Field Training Program; patrols a designated area of the City in a patrol car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, and to enforce traffic regulations; answers calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies and takes necessary police action; makes arrests; conducts accident investigations and preliminary investigations at the scenes of crimes, administers first aid, gathers evidence, locates and questions witnesses; testifies as a witness in court; patrols various streets, schools, and colleges for parking violations; recovers stolen property; provides information to the public; escorts cars to hospitals; escorts parades and funeral processions; prepares necessary records and reports; may perform jailer duties such as processing arrested persons and maintaining security of the jail; may perform desk officer duties such as handling telephone calls and visitors, and fingerprinting taxicab drivers, entertainers, and various other persons; and performs other related work as required.

Job Description

This recruitment is specifically for Part-time Reserve Police Officer (Level I) candidates (this is not for entry-level Police Recruit, Academy Graduate Officers, or Lateral Police Officer). To apply for any of those positions, click here to visit the Employment Opportunities page.

$38.00 hourly plus part-time benefits


The City of Costa Mesa is just one mile from the Pacific Coast in the heart of Orange County and is one of California's most eclectic and vibrant cities. The city is home to South Coast Plaza, one of the nation's largest shopping centers, and the world-class Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory theater. Costa Mesa is also the capitol of the action sports industry and the headquarters for companies such as Hurley International, Volcom, RVCA, Rip Curl, and Vans.  Costa Mesa encompasses 16 square miles and has a population of about 110,000. Since its incorporation in 1953, Costa Mesa has evolved from a semi-rural farming community of 15,000 to a city with robust local economy that generates tax revenues of about $100 million annually. A general law city, Costa Mesa has a council-manager form of government and staff of approximately 450 full-time employees. Costa Mesa residents enjoy a mild Southern California climate. The City's location provides easy access to many of Southern California's major attractions, including beaches, mountain areas, high and low deserts, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

For more information about the Costa Mesa Police Department, click here .
Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis in order to meet the needs of the City as vacancies occur.  Applicants will be notified once testing dates have been established.
Applications must be completed and submitted online. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process.   
  • Candidates are required to provide specific information on their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application.  Applications may be rejected if incomplete (resumes are not accepted).
  • Candidates must attach to their application a copy of their CA P.O.S.T Reserve Academy Certificate (as a Level I Reserve) or a current CA P.O.S.T. Basic Police Academy Certificate (non-expired).  
  • Do not include attachments other than what is listed within the instructions of this posting.
  • Candidate notifications are sent via email.  Please make sure your email address is correct and check your email periodically during the application process.  

Candidates who pass an initial application screening phase will be selected to continue in the selection process.  
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Please ensure you meet the position qualifications as stated under the "MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS" section below before submitting your application.  
  • AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFIERS: Please be advised of the Costa Mesa Police Department automatic disqualifiers click here   for a list of background disqualifiers. 
  • If you do not meet the minimum qualifications or if any of the automatic disqualifiers pertain to you, it is recommended that you do not submit an application for this position as you will be automatically disqualified from the selection process.

Submit test results from one of the two test options below.  Scores that are dated within one (1) year of the application date and meet the minimum passing score will be accepted.  

National Testing Network (NTN) Frontline Law Enforcement Written Exam
  • Passing scores: Video - 65% or higher; Reading - 70% or higher; and Writing - 70% or higher
  • This exam is administered directly by the National Testing Network (NTN) and candidates pay a test fee for the service.  There are multiple test sites in Southern California, as well as throughout the Country.  
  • To schedule a test, visit the National Testing Network website by clicking here .  Select the Costa Mesa Police Department and the specific position you are applying to.  
  • NTN will submit the scores to Costa Mesa Human Resources for review.
  • Do NOT submit a test score if you do not meet the job qualifications.  

- OR -

P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB)
  • Passing score: Total T-Score - 45 or higher
  • Costa Mesa Police Department does not have any future test dates; however, if you have taken the PELLETB test with another agency within the last year, you may submit a copy of your test results to be meet the written exam requirement.  Results must be on the testing agency's letterhead.  
  • PELLETB scores must be attached to your online application to be considered.

Qualified applicants who submit a passing written exam score, as stated above, will be invited to the PAT when a test date is established.   The PAT is typically scheduled several times per year.  
  • To view a video detailing the PAT components click here .

Candidates who successfully pass the PAT will be invited to the interview evaluation.  

Candidates must pass all four (4) of the steps listed above to be placed on the City's Eligibility List.  The application screening, written examination, and physical agility test are all qualifying steps (pass/fail).  The oral interview evaluation is weighted 100% and determines a candidates' placement on the eligibility list.  Eligibility lists are valid for one (1) year from the date they are established unless it is exhausted sooner or extended for an additional period of time.

Upon being placed on the eligibility list, appointment(s) will be made after successfully passing each of the following components: polygraph examination, a comprehensive background investigation, interview with the Chief of Police, and the post-offer pre-employment psychological evaluation and medical examination.  All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate's legal authorization to work in the United States.

Please call the Police Recruitment Hotline at (714) 754-4955 with any questions.  
Leave a message with your question and a staff member will return your call within one business day.
*Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of a scheduled test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process.

NOTE:  The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice. 
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Additional Information

Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the physical tasks and environmental factors for these classifications. Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Job Address

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