Reserve Officer Program

A volunteer sworn officer with full police powers when on duty and in proximate contact with a full time officer.

Purpose of Reserve Officer's

  • Establish a stronger relationship with the neighborhood a reserve officer lives in
  • Provide additional manpower to the department at no (little) cost
  • Provide members of the community with the opportunity to work in law enforcement

General Requirements

  • Completion of Reserve Officer Training course prescribed by the South Carolina CJA
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • No Criminal Record
  • Physical Fitness Qualification
  • Successful completion of Lexington Police Department's 500+ Hour Field Training and Evaluation Program
  • Successfully pass comprehensive exam administered by the SC CJA
  • Valid South Carolina Driver's License

Other Commitments

  • Reserve officer chooses when he/she will be on duty and for how long he/she will be on duty
  • State Law Requires 20 Hours/Month or 60 Hours/Quarter
  • Additionally Reserves receive annual training in Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics/Weapon Retention, Use of Force/OC Spray/TASER, Tactical Traffic Stops/Building Clearing, Legal Updates, Tactical Firearms and Qualification and First Aid

Duties Expected / Required

  • Court Appearances
  • Parades, Road Races, Community Festivals and Events
  • Regular Street Patrol


  • The Ability to See if Law Enforcement is a Career Interest
  • All Equipment and Uniforms Provided
  • Full Worker's Compensation Benefits
  • Primary Consideration for Open Full Time Sworn Positions