The West Hennepin Public Safety Reserve Program was created in January of 1981, approximately one year after the West Hennepin Public Safety Department was formed. Since its creation, the Reserves (as a group) have volunteered an average of 1950 hours per year of their time to the cities of Maple Plain and Independence. At full strength, the Reserves have a complement of fifteen people, supervised by a sworn police officer. This is an on-call, unpaid position that allows dedicated individuals to serve their community or, for those interested in the law enforcement profession, provides individuals with the opportunity to work closely with a police department to gain valuable experience while attending school, while donating hundreds of hours annually to our cities.
Reserve officers work alongside sworn police officers and assist with a variety of non-criminal police functions. They may help with traffic direction and security for public gatherings or traffic control at fire or accident scenes. Upon completion of training and a probationary period, Reserves may drive a marked squad car and provide prisoner transport services for the on-duty officers, as well as assisting with business and residence checks in our cities or other routine tasks to aid the department.
In December, we walk a route through both of our cities, escorting Santa and handing out small bags of candy to the children and collecting food for the local food shelf.
We have monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, typically lasting one to two hours.
The Department provides First Responder level first aid training through North Memorial Medical Center, requires (one-time) attendance to the Hennepin County Reserve School, and provides in-house training in use of force, firearms safety and familiarization, as well as many other topics throughout the year.
Reserve duties include riding with sworn officers and assisting with routine/non-criminal tasks, transporting prisoners to the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in Minneapolis or intoxicated persons to a detoxification facility, responding to a police service request (i.e. a call-out), entering routine reports or supplemental reports in the records management software, providing public safety service at public gatherings, assisting with public relations projects such as View Santa and bike rodeos, and providing assistance to the public safety department in times of disasters.
West Hennepin Public Safety 1918 County Road 90 Maple Plain, MN 55359 US