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What It Means To Be A Reserve Officer

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Reserve police officers are volunteers who get virtually the same training as paid police officers. Portland’s reserve officer program dates back to 1903. They may work fewer hours than regular officers, often holding down a paid job or going to school at the same time, but reserve officers carry the same weapons and face the same dangers as career law enforcement officers. When a reserve officer is killed in the line of duty, they are honored in the same way as any other officer.

Oregonians were reminded of that earlier this week, when Oregon City reserve police officer Robert Libke was shot while responding to a house fire. He later died from his wounds.

Do you have experience as a reserve police officer? What drew you to this volunteer position?

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