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Police Reserve Unit

Introduction

The Bloomington Police Reserves are a dedicated team of volunteers who assist the Bloomington Police Department by donating their time and effort to the city and the community.  Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some individuals are interested in a law enforcement career while others wish to provide worthwhile community service that contributes to the safety and security of Bloomington.

Mission and structure of Reserve Unit

The primary purpose of the Police Reserve Unit is to assist the department whenever needed.  Police Reserve Officers assist licensed, sworn officers by performing community service tasks and non-criminal police functions.  Reserve Officers work a regularly scheduled patrol shift on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night and are on call for call-outs.  They can expect to be scheduled for one or two shifts each month.

During the course of a Reserve Officer’s shift they conduct checks of businesses, parks and schools; assist motorists; assist with crime prevention and other public safety programs; provide traffic direction at special events, accidents and fires; assist in crime scene protection; assist with the search for lost persons or evidence; respond to medicals and assist neighboring law enforcement agencies with various community events.  Reserve Officers also assist with natural disasters and other emergencies that require additional personnel.

Callouts can be for any number of reasons, day or night, including severe weather conditions, serious car accidents, fire scene protection, missing person searches, crime scene protection, power outages or special details as needed by the Police Department.

There are approximately 20 Reserve Officers in the Bloomington Police Reserve unit. The unit is supervised by a Sergeant and three licensed officers who act as liaisons. Within the Reserve unit, there is a chief and three sergeants.

The Reserve Officer position is a volunteer position and the Bloomington Police Department does not offer any financial compensation to its Reserve Officers.

Training

New Reserve Officers attend an in-house training academy which includes an overview of the responsibility of a Reserve Officer, department policies, introduction to the other units within the Police department (Bomb Squad, K-9, SWAT, etc.), an introduction to other city departments (Fire, Legal), radio system training, patrol tactics and squad car equipment, defensive tactics and impact weapons, traffic direction, First Responder certification and more. Reserve Officers do not carry firearms, but firearms familiarization is included in the training.

Upon completion of the Reserve Academy, each candidate is provided with uniforms and all the required equipment free of charge by the department.

The Reserve Unit also holds monthly meetings at which current law enforcement and department issues are discussed.  Additionally, each meeting features a training topic.  These meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month and last approximately 3 hours.  Reserve officers may also receive training at other scheduled training sessions.

Qualifications

Requirement to be a Reserve Officer are:

  • Must be at least 20 years old.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Must pass a background investigation.
  • Successfully pass an oral interview.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • Be of sound physical and mental health.
  • Have a history of good personal conduct.
  • Be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per month.
  • Be able to patrol a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening once or twice a month.
  • Be able to attend monthly meetings.
  • Reserve officers do not need to live or work in Bloomington.

To apply

Applications for the Reserve Officer position are accepted on an ongoing basis.  To apply, download the volunteer application, fill it out and print a paper copy.  Sign the paper copy and drop it off or mail it to the Bloomington Police Department, Attn: Police Reserve Supervisor, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington MN 55431-3027.

Questions or comments can be emailed to BPDReserves@BloomingtonMN.gov.