Police Reserve Force

The Cleburne Police Reserve Force was established by City Council in 2013. Reserves are state certified peace officers authorized by Texas Local Government Code 341.012 who serve without pay and volunteer to assist the regular police officers in times of disaster or emergencies. Reserves have the same authority and responsibility as regular police officers.

Reserves supplement regular police officers to provide cost-effective professional law enforcement and crime prevention for the citizens of Cleburne. Reserves may serve in many capacities within the police department, but their primary function is to provide auxiliary staffing to Patrol.

Depending on their level of training and experience, Reserves may be assigned to work with a regular police officer, another Reserve, or function in a solo status. Reserves are expected to complete a minimum of 16 volunteer hours per month, special events and call outs.


We are always looking for great retired/former officers who still have a passion for service. The Cleburne Police Department is seeking qualified applicants who meet the high standards necessary to become a Cleburne Police Reserve Officer.

Applicants must possess and maintain a valid Texas Peace Officer License (or successful completion of the licensing exam and eligibility for licensing).

Selection of eligible applicants to serve as Reserve Police Officers is subject to state and local rules (city policy) for appointment of peace officers. Causes for disqualification are the same as for regular police officers. However, age limitations, as provided under Texas Local Government Code 143.023(c), do not apply to Reserve applicants. Reserve Police Officers appointed under Chapter 341, Texas Local Government Code, are not entitled to civil service status under Chapter 143.

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About the Commander 

Deputy Chief Dale Abbott was appointed as Commander of the Cleburne Police Reserve Force in July 2020. Chief Abbott joined the reserve force in 2019 after retiring with 30 years of full-time service with the Cleburne Police Department, including 14 years as a supervisor. His assignments included patrol supervisor, criminal investigations supervisor, criminal/background investigator, field training officer, RAD/defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, armorer, range master, and ERT/SWAT team leader. He served with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office before starting in Cleburne. Chief Abbott is certified as a Master Peace Officer and Instructor by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.