Reserve (Part time) Police Officer

This is a Part-Time position working First Shift, Second Shift, Third Shift, Weekends, and Holidays.


The Owensboro Police Department now accepts applications on a year round basis for the position of Reserve Police Officer.  However,  we will only review the application during an active hiring process for the position. If we are not actively hiring for the position of  Reserve Police Officer at the time of application, it will be retained until the next hiring cycle. If you are not selected for employment during a hiring cycle, you must resubmit a new application before being eligible for the next hiring process. It is your responsibility to confirm our receipt of your application by calling Jo Hall at 270-687-8861.

Please, only POPS Certified Officers Meeting Specified Requirements Need Apply.

The City of Owensboro will accept applications for Reserve (Part time) Police Officer position any time during the year. However, this does not mean that we currently have a vacancy. The City is under no obligation to hire if we do have a vacancy, or to process applicants. NOTE: In the event of a full time vacancy, the Chief may consider and select a currently employed reserve officer to fill the vacant full time police officer position.

TO APPLY: In your job application, indicate "Reserve Police Officer" as the position for which you are applying. To Apply: in upper right hand corner, click "Download Application" to download and complete application electronically; Save; Then click arrow in very upper left hand corner to go back to previous page, then click "Submit Application" and complete required information' Click "Submit").    If you experience difficulty, you may also email your job application directly to Applications can also be obtained by calling (270) 687-8861 or Toll-free: (888) 616-8540.  TDD/Voice (270) 687-4459. Mail paper applications to Jo Hall, Support Services, Owensboro Police Dept.,  222 E. 9th St., Owensboro, KY 42303. To confirm receipt of your application, you may call (270) 687-8861.

To submit additional information with your application: To submit attachments with your job application electronically, you will have to submit a separate email as our current system will only accept the electronic job application designed for our system. Email your attachments separately, preferrably in .pdf format, directly to OR you may mail your job application with attachments to: Jo Hall, Support Services, Owensboro Police Department, 222 E. 9th St., Owensboro, KY 42303.  

The City of Owensboro is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. EEO/AA – M/F/V/D

ADA accommodations may be requested by calling 270-687-8542.

Job Skills/Requirements

All POPS and other police requirements must be met as would be for a full time police officer. Post-offer, pre-employment requirements will be the same as when hiring lateral transfer candidates. Typically, retired Owensboro Police Department officers are considered for these positions. However, the Chief may consider offering such position(s) to any other POPS certified officers, following the same pre-employment, and post-offer, pre-employment requirements used for the hiring of lateral transfer police officers.

Additional Information/Benefits

There are no full time benefits for this position. It is a part time position. Reserve police officers will be scheduled less than 100 hr/mo on average. Scheduling is based upon the needs of the department. Because reserve officers will not be participating in the retirement system, they, unlike full time officers, (1) will not pay into retirement, and (2) will pay into social security. Furthermore, the state incentive check will not be applicable for reserve officers.

Reserve police officers are afforded disciplinary protection as provided for sworn police officers in KRS Chs. 95 and 15.520, after completion of a twelve (12) month probationary period. During the probationary period, the officers are “At-Will” status.

Screening Requirements:

  • Motor Vehicle
  • Drug Screen
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit Check
  • Physical Exam
  • Reference Checks
  • Psychological, Polygraph, etc.