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 Sandlin joined the Cleburne Police Department in March of 2000 after serving with the Carson County Sheriff's Office and Pampa Police Department.  Chief Sandlin was promoted to Corporal in August 2004 and Sergeant in December of 2013.  Chief Sandlin later became the supervisor for the Community Services Unit.  In addition, Chief Sandlin was previously assigned to the STOP Task Force and served as the Assistant Commander for the Emergency Response Team.  Chief Sandlin left the Cleburne Police Department as a full-time employee in March of 2022 but continues to serve as the Reserve Deputy Chief, managing the Reserve Officer Program.

Chief Sandlin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tarleton State University and is a Master Peace Officer from TCOLE.  In addition, Chief Sandlin is a Certified Public Administrator, Crime Prevention Specialist, and School Safety Specialist.