Volunteers, an integral part of the Police Department, provide a variety of services.
Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. It is designed for males and females, 14 - 20 years of age, who have an interest in law enforcement. The Bloomington Police Department has sponsored an Explorer Post since 1972, making it one of the earliest established posts in Minnesota.
Reserve officers work alongside sworn police officers and assist with daily police activities. They provide traffic direction and security for large public and private events such as the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, Iron Girl, Summer Fete, etc. Reserves also patrol the city in marked Bloomington Police Department squad cars, Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Bloomington Police Citizens' Academy
We have found the academy to be especially effective in enhancing communication between officers and citizens through the sharing of knowledge and information of police practices.
The Department has a Chaplain Corps to serve people in emergencies and strengthen the service rendered by the police to the community. The chaplains are available on call to provide a counseling service for human relations situations.
Multicultural Advisory Committee
MAC is a core component of the Joint Community Police Partnership, which focuses on building trust and communication between police and communities.