The members of the Reserve Unit are also college students, members, and former members of the U.S. Military, business people, and individuals who want to give back to their community. Many prior members of the North St. Paul Reserve program have moved on to serve as full-time Police Officers in other departments.
Each member of the Reserve Unit receives training in defensive tactics, aerosol spray, impact weapons, radio use, patrol tactics, and traffic direction. Reserve Officers who satisfactorily complete the required training are entrusted with a marked patrol vehicle to assist licensed Police Officers in conducting their day to day duties. The Reserve Unit is over seen by licensed Police Officer’s and utilizes Reserve Sergeants to supervise the unit’s members. Reserves must volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month.