The Maplewood Police Reserve Unit consists of non-sworn volunteers who make themselves available 24 hours a day year round to assist the police officers and citizens of Maplewood in many capacities. Since 2004 they have donated over 71,366 hours to the city.

These volunteers are an integral part of the Maplewood Police Department, efficiently and effectively augmenting and supporting the department's regular compliment of officers. The Current reserve unit consists of:

  • Reserve Commander
  • Lieutenants (3)
  • Sergeants (6)
  • Senior and Junior officers
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Many Walks of Life

Maplewood Reserve Officers come from many walks of life. Some are members of the community who wish to give something back. Others are law enforcement students who are looking to gain experience and hands on learning to help them in their future careers.

Reserve officers share and in some cases take on the responsibilities of certain duties, which would normally require the deferment of regular officers from active patrol.


The responsibilities of reserve officers include:

  • Patrolling the city in a squad
  • Bike patrol
  • Assisting with traffic control at events and at vehicle accidents
  • Assisting with emergency situations providing medical assistance if necessary
  • Providing security at local events and crime scenes

Reserve officers are also called out for emergencies to help compliment the full-time officers with more assistance.

  1. Patrol
  2. Bike Patrol
  3. Emergency Call-Outs
  4. Events

Patrol Hours

Maplewood Police Reserve officers are required to work at least one eight hour patrol shift per month, however many officers do more than one shift per month. We currently have two reserve squads that we use for patrol. Reserves patrol with two officers to a squad and provide numerous types of services throughout the year. Patrol shifts can be conducted all days of the week with no set times, although we do generally work 7 pm to 3 am most nights.

The patrol hours that our reserve officers perform provides assistance to the regular officers and gives the community another visible presence throughout the city. Patrol operations also gives reserve officers a hands on approach to the patrol function of police officers and gives them an opportunity to experience and learn different aspects of being a police officer such as officer safety, dealing with people, report writing, as well as many other areas which will help prepare those reserve officers who are pursuing careers in law enforcement.


Some of the functions we provide are:

  • General patrol of the city
  • Extra/directed patrol in neighborhoods and areas that may be seeing an increase of problems or crimes
  • Assisting during traffic safety initiatives (Safe and Sober saturation)
  • Transports
  • Proactive visits
  • Property watches
  • Assisting officers on calls and taking some calls for service ourselves

Reserve officers are free to roam all parts of the city during patrol shifts when we are not responding to a call or assisting other officers.


One of our duties is to provide transports to keep the officers in the city and available to respond to calls. Most of the transports we do are taking people who are under arrest to the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center. We also provide rides to other destinations such as hospitals, Detox, homes, hotels, etc. In the past, we have also had to do longer transports such as meeting a squad from another city in Gaylord, Minnesota who located a missing person from Maplewood.


As we are patrolling the city we try to be proactive and make visits to those areas that either have people congregating or are known to be "hot spots" for calls for service. This includes:

  • Apartment complexes
  • Business complexes
  • Nightclubs/bars
  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Etc.

Reserve officers will also conduct property watches at the request of a resident while they are out of town to ensure that the home is secure.

Assisting with Calls

Reserve officers assist regular officers on calls and also respond to some calls on our own. We often assist on traffic stops, traffic accidents, and loud parties. Reserve officers also respond to the following types of calls:

  • Dangerous conditions such as stalled vehicles, downed trees, etc.
  • Fire calls and medical calls to assist officers and the fire department
  • Lock-outs (if there is a child locked in the vehicle)
  • Recovered property calls
  • Some animal calls