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The Organization

While the Minneapolis Police Reserve functions as part of the Police Department, administration and daily operations of the unit is autonomous.  The Reserve Unit falls under the command of the Special Events Section and the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.  The City's Special Events/Reserve Coordinator is a sworn police sergeant who serves as a liaison between the Reserve Unit and the Police Department Administration.

The Reserve Unit itself has an organizational structure similar to that of the Minneapolis Police Department.  The highest ranking officer in the unit is the Chief of the Minneapolis Police Reserve, assisted by a Deputy Chief of Patrol, and a Deputy Chief of Services.   Reserve Inspectors, Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants oversee officers in sectors that correspond to the Department's.  The Service Division, similar to the Police Department's Central Services Bureau, handles the administrative needs of the Minneapolis Police Reserve.  Reserve officers in the Service Division all have ranks of sergeant and above. They head sections sections responsible for communications, personnel, supply, training, and recruiting.

Reserve officers adhere strictly to a chain-of-command, both in the field and behind the scenes.  Opportunities for advancement are available to officers who demonstrate an extraordinary level of performance and commitment to duty as well as a strong leadership aptitude.  The Minneapolis Police Reserve encourages personal and professional growth and benefits greatly from the diverse talents of its officers.

The Reserve Unit consists entirely of part-time volunteers who serve without compensation for their time.  Members of the unit must work at least 30 hours per calendar quarter, or 120 hours per year.  However, many officers work hundreds of hours per year.  Most officers in command positions work an equal or greater number of administrative hours behind the scenes as they do "in the street."  A number of senior officers have several decades of service with the Minneapolis Police Reserve.

Many of our officers come from a variety of walks of life seeking a significant way to serve the community of Minneapolis.  These officers come from backgrounds in business, human services, health care, finance, IT, skilled trades, writing, education, hospiality, legal, manufacturing, sales and security professions. A number of our officers hope to attain a career in law enforcment in the future. Those who provide exceptional commitment and service can count on a positive job reference fro the reserve.