Reserve Officer Program

The St. Anthony Police Department operates and maintains a volunteer Police Reserve Program. We currently have authorization for a 12-member compliment. The Department is always accepting applications for anyone wishing to join the Police Reserve Program. Please apply online or contact the Police Department for an application at 612-782-3350.

The following is an excerpt from the Police Reserve Bylaws explaining the duties, requirements, and required performance.

Article I: Purposes & Objectives

  1. To assist any police officer, firefighter, civil defense personnel or other duly authorized City employee, official or agent in the performance of emergency services.
  2. To assist with crowd control activities, and park patrol duties, under the supervision of a regular, sworn police officer.
  3. To conduct and participate in the crime prevention activities of the St. Anthony Police Department. These activities will include, but are not limited to: To perform other lawful functions as directed by the Chief of Police and his/her assigned supervisor.
    • Education in public safety and crime prevention techniques;
    • Encouraging enrollment and participation in Operation Identification and Neighborhood Crime Watch;
    • Conduction of premise security checks of residential and non-residential buildings within the community; and
    • Public presentations and information dissemination on topics as approved by the Chief of Police
  4. The principal purpose of the Reserve Police is to assist the regular Police in their duties. They are not to be used in place of regular Police Officers, but may assist regular Police Officers assigned to details such as, but not limited to, sporting events, parades, funerals, special events that require traffic direction and control, and other local details. Under no circumstances shall Reserve Officers be assigned to any detail that requires the services of a state-licensed regular Police Officer, without the explicit permission of the Chief of Police.

Article II: Membership

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  1. The minimum age is 21 years or older, not to exceed age 60 at application. However, if you are at least 18 years of age and enrolled in an approved or accredited law enforcement program you will be considered for membership. No Reservist shall serve upon attaining the age of 70.
  2. Good driving record - no alcohol-related offenses, and must possess a valid driver's licenses.
  3. Good physical condition as attested to by a doctor's certification of health, to be paid for by the applicant.
  4. A resident of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and a U.S. citizen only.
  5. The City shall avoid appointment of persons related to elected or appointed City officials.
  6. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  7. Must not have any felony or gross misdemeanor offense convictions, and must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
  8. Must posses, or be able to obtain within six months, a valid Red Cross First Aid Certificate or equivalent, as determined by the Chief of Police.
  9. Pass such examinations as determined by the City Manager to determine fitness for the Reserve, to be paid for by the City of St. Anthony.
  10. Within one year after acceptance, complete either the Hennepin or Ramsey County Civil Defense Auxiliary Reserve Training Program or a similar program as designated by the City Manager. Until such a program is completed, members shall be considered trainees. Failure to complete the program within one year shall be grounds for dismissal.
  11. Members shall be on probation until an approved reserve training program has been completed. As trainee Reserve Officers, they are to be accompanied by either a Reserve Officer, a regular Police Officer, or be in training sessions at all times.

Article VIII: Performance

Reserve Officers shall be expected to function at least to a satisfactory level, and are responsible for performance in the following areas:
  1. Assistance to regular Police Officers of the St. Anthony Police Department.
  2. Assistance to the St. Anthony Fire Department, especially in the performance of its Civil Defense responsibilities.
  3. Crime Prevention programs, including house and business checks, as directed by the Chief of Police.
  4. Crowd and traffic control duties.
  5. Park patrol, especially to aid in preventing vandalism to public property, and to develop a spirit of rapport with park users.
  6. Testifying, as needed, in criminal prosecutions.
  7. Assisting other cities, as needed.
  8. To remain a member in good standing of the Police Reserve, a Reserve Officer must spend at least 150 hours per year in Reserve related duties, including training and membership meetings. Officers are not to spend less than 8 hours in any one month in Reserve-related duties. Violation of this rule shall be grounds for disciplinary action under Article VII: Discipline.