For more information about the program or the application process: Please contact Reserve Coordinator Tom Gregory at (763)-473-9209.
The Medina Police Reserve Unit is looking for additional reserve officers. The reserves are non-sworn volunteers who provide valuable assistance to the police department in a variety of public safety situations. The reserves can be found at community events, riding along with a sworn officer, patrolling neighborhoods and city parks, directing traffic, or making transports. Reserve officers go through a rigorous training and receive regular training. Reserves are trained as First Responders and the proper use of force. The position can be for anyone interested or studying to go into a law enforcement career or for anyone interested in helping the community. You must be at least 19 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and pass a criminal background investigation. Uniforms and equipment are provided by the department.
The Medina Reserve Unit logged 2,022 hours in 2012 which is equal to the number of hours served in 2011. Two Reserve Officers left the program this year, one hired as a police officer in Colorado and one leaving for personal reasons. At the end of 2012 six officers are active in the Reserve program.
Several new Reserve candidates were interviewed September and October. Two candidates were offered positions, were background checked, and started in Jan 2013. Both new Reserve recruits are in school for Law Enforcement.
Again this year, 38 community and special events dominated the Reserve calendar from May to September. Medina’s Bike Rodeo, City Days, Holiday Train, and Loretto Fun Fest were all supported by Reserves. The Reserve Unit also helped at events in Corcoran, Maple Plain, Orono, Maple Grove, Mound, Rogers, and Plymouth.
Reserves also did over 210 house checks in 2012, an increase from 110 in 2011. Other routine activities included 11 vehicle impounds 27 transports, and 6 medical assists. The Reserves assisted on 5 vehicle lock-outs and with 6 animal complaints.
Training hours increased to over 580 from 475 in 2011. The training highlight this year was a program the Medina Reserves sponsored for all local reserves titled “Traffic Safety for 1st Responders”. John McClellan from MNDOT gave his presentation to approximately 75 Reserves gathered at the Hamel Community Center. Traffic safety remains as the number one concern for Reserves. Other training included 1st Responder Refresher and the annual use of force policy review.
Formal activity records for the Medina Reserves have been kept since 2001. Through 2012, Reserves have donated over 22,000 hours of service. During this period Reserves have done over 1,500 house checks, 310 jail transports, 306 vehicle impounds, and over 320 community events. According to an independent organization, the Reserve contribution to the Department was valued at $ 43,715 for 2012.
Community Events / Special Events
- Corcoran Country Daze-Security detail Corcoran Motocross-Security detail
- Corcoran Tractor Pull-Security detail
- Gear West Tuesday Time Trials-Traffic detail
- Hamel Fire Department Open House-Community Relations
- Hamel Lions Freeze Ur Buns Run-Traffic detail
- Hamel Rodeo-Security detail Hamel Parade-Traffic detail
- Hamel Rodeo Family Day ID event-Community Relations
- Hennepin County Fair-Security detail
- Hopkins Raspberry Parade-Traffic detail
- Liberty Triathlon-Traffic detail
- Loretto Fire Department Open House-Community Relations
- Loretto Fun Fest-Security detail
- Loretto Holiday Train-Traffic/Security detail
- Loretto Marathon-Traffic detail
- Mound Our Lady of the Lake Dance-Security detail
- Music in Plymouth-Security detail Orono half marathon-Traffic detail
- Orono duathon-Traffic detail
- Rockin’ Rogers Days-Security detail
- Toys for Tots-KARE 11/US Marine Corps
- YWCA Triathlon-Traffic detail