CHAPTER 31 – Reserve Police



31.01 Establishment of Force 31.06 Supervision of Officers
31.02 Training 31.07 Compensation
31.03 Status of Reserve Officers 31.08 Benefits When Injured
31.04 Carrying Weapons 31.09 Insurance
31.05 Supplementary Capacity 31.10 Bylaws, Rules and Regulations

31.01    ESTABLISHMENT OF FORCE. A force of reserve peace officers for the City is hereby established to supplement the regular police department in crime prevention and control, preservation of the peace and enforcement of the law within the corporate limits of the City.

31.02    TRAINING. Training for individuals appointed as reserve peace officers shall be provided by instructors in a community college or other facility, including a law enforcement agency, selected by the individual and approved by the law enforcement agency and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. All standards and training required under Chapter 80D of the Code of Iowa constitute the minimum standards for reserve peace officers. Upon satisfactory completion of training, the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy shall certify the individual as a reserve peace officer. There shall be no exemptions from the personal and training standards provided for in this chapter.

31.03    STATUS OF RESERVE OFFICERS. Reserve peace officers shall serve as peace officers on the orders and at the direction of the Police Chief. While in the actual performance of official duties, reserve peace officers shall be vested with the same rights, privileges, obligations and duties as any other peace officer.

31.04    CARRYING WEAPONS. A member of the reserve force shall not carry a weapon in the line of duty until he or she has been approved by the Council and certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council. After approval and certification, a reserve peace officer may carry a weapon in the line of duty only when authorized by the Police Chief.

31.05    SUPPLEMENTARY CAPACITY. Reserve peace officers shall act only in a supplementary capacity to the regular force and shall not assume full-time duties of regular peace officers without first complying with all the requirements of regular peace officers.

31.06    SUPERVISION OF OFFICERS. Reserve peace officers shall be subordinate to the regular peace officers, shall not serve as peace officers unless under the direction of a regular peace officer, and shall wear a uniform prescribed by the Police Chief, unless that superior officer designates alternate apparel for use when engaged in assignments involving special investigations, civil process, court duties, jail duties and the handling of mental patients. Reserve peace officers shall not wear an insignia of rank.

31.07    COMPENSATION. While performing official duties, each reserve peace officer shall be considered an employee of the City and shall be paid a minimum of $1.00 per year. The Council may provide additional monetary assistance for the purchase and maintenance of uniforms and equipment used by reserve peace officers.

31.08    BENEFITS WHEN INJURED. Hospital and medical assistance and benefits, as provided in Chapter 85 of the Code of Iowa, shall be provided by the Council to members of the reserve force who sustain injury in the course of performing official duties.

31.09    INSURANCE. Liability and false arrest insurance shall be provided by the City to members of the reserve force while performing official duties in the same manner as for regular peace officers.

31.10    BYLAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS. The reserve peace officer force shall adopt bylaws for its organization and rules and regulations for its operation, all with the advice and consent of the Police Chief. Said bylaws, rules and regulations and amendments thereto shall be effective only upon approval by the Council.