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SPD looking for reserve officers

Can you do at least 21 pushups? Sprint 300 meters in 71 seconds or less? Run a mile-and-a-half in under 14:31? What about 30 situps in under a minute?

If so, you may be eligible for the Spokane Police Department's reserve officer program.

The department is looking to bolster its reserve force and urging those interested in serving as voluteers to explore opportunities at SPD. Reserve officers, once they've completed training, carry full police commissions while on duty and are paired up with full-time officers to help augment available resources.

Reserve officers must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED with at least a 2.0 grade-point average, a valid driver's license with no suspensions in the past five years. They must commit to a 15-week training academy that meets three nights a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) plus eight hours on Saturdays, and serve at least 20 hours a month on the job once commissioned.

Upcoming physical agility tests are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 30, 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. Those who pass the physical agility tests are invited to proceed with the next step in the application process, which includes polygraph and background investigations.

Here's a link to SPD's Reserve Officer Program web page. Information also is available by contacting the department's Volunteer Services Unit at (509) 363-8283 or (509) 363-8281.

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