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Staunton Police Reserves

The Staunton Police Department Reserve corps is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to assist full-time sworn police officers. Reserve officers receive the same training as full-time officers and work alongside them in every aspect of Department operations.

The SPD Reserves continuously seeks qualified community members who meet the high standards necessary to become a Staunton Reserve Officer.

Because of the standards, the selection process, and the training program for Reserve Officers, their acceptance by regular members of the Department has been extremely favorable. Some Patrol Officers even request to be assigned to work with a particular reserve officer. Reserve Officers have received numerous commendations for their actions in the field and are highly valued members of the SPD team.



Reserve Officers perform the same functions as regular, full-time police officers. They are armed, uniformed peace officers who work in police vehicles along with full-time police officers.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application for membership;
  • Must be in good physical and mental health with no disabling physical condition;
  • Must posses a valid Virginia driver's license;
  • Must not have history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work;
  • Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D equivalent; and
  • United States citizenship required or have applied for citizenship.



In 2012 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring Reserves to receive training based on compulsory minimum standards.  Staunton's reserves are required to be Level Two certified.  Training requires are approximately 320 hours at a DCJS approved facility with classroom and hands on training, including basic law, tactics and firearms.

Reserve Officers receive continuous training.



Police equipment and uniforms are provided.



After graduating from the academy Reserve Officers are required to work a minimum of 10 hours every month and attend mandatory monthly reserve officer meetings.



If you are interested in serving the community by becoming a Staunton Police Reserve Officer, contact Captain David Thibodeaux at

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