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Metro announces new volunteer Reserve Officer program

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Reserve officers go through training. (LVMPD) Reserve officers go through training. (LVMPD)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is accepting up to 800 applications for its Reserve Police Officer program.

"They're going to go through the process just like any other person would to become a police officer," Officer Jose Hernandez, a spokesman for the department, told FOX5.

Metro said their volunteer reserve officers will be required to attend 420 hours of a modified academy happening every weekend.

After that they'll go through a 200-hour field training program.

"Where they're going to be trained right alongside a field training officer, so at the end of the program essentially what we have is a police officer," Hernandez said.

Reserve officers will get all the standard equipment, including a gun and patrol car.

In the end the only difference between reserve and regular officers will be their hours and pay checks; reserve officers will have to work 20 hours minimum per month, and they won't be paid.

But the department believes it'll get plenty of applicants.

"What we find is that the folks that will apply will be those that have other professions, that perhaps at one point they wanted to be police officers but their careers took them another direction," Hernandez said.

Click here for more information on Metro's Reserve Police Officer program.

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