The Bartow Police Department is proud to have a Reserve/Auxiliary Officer Unit. This Unit, which was established many years ago, has been a valuable source of additional sworn personnel. The Reserve Unit provides a trained, volunteer force, to augment the Department when major incidents occur or additional personnel are required for assignments.
Bartow Police Reserve Unit in 1987.
The eligibility and selection criteria for applicants for the Reserve/Auxiliary Unit must comply with Eligibility requirements established by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for regular sworn police officers.
Left, Officer Herman Music, in addition to his duties as Reserve Officer, also serves as the Department's Chaplain.
Right, Reserve Officer Mike Butler at his swearing in ceremony.
City Employee William Groover joined the Reserve Unit in 2012.
Reserve Officer Johnny Guest was honored with a retirement luncheon on June 28, 2013. Guest, a retired school teacher and coach, began his volunteer career with Bartow Police Department in February 1974 giving him a total of 39 years of volunteer service to the community!
All applicants must complete an employment application and follow the same selection process as a full-time sworn officer. This will include the same background investigation by the Department for regular sworn officers, and be screened for conformity with regular entrance requirements; such as physical ability testing, education requirements.
Membership is limited to ten (10) members. If you are interested in joining or would like more information on the Bartow Police Reserve Unit, call 863-534-5034.