Police Department

Police Reserves

The Duluth Police Reserve is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving the community and assisting with traffic control for many city events, including the Christmas City Parade, Grandma’s Marathon, the Memorial Day Parade, and many more.  Without the volunteer help of the Duluth Police Reserve, many beloved community events would cease to exist due to increased cost and lack of staffing. Additionally, Reserves help the Department with searches and other duties, as needed.

Volunteers in Policing

The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program is a sub-division of the Reserve in which selected members of the Police Reserve receive additional training and assist patrol officers with non-enforcement tasks on the street. Reserve VIPs drive City vehicles and their duties include picking up found property, assisting with found pets, and providing additional eyes and ears for the Department. 

Police Reserve Officers and Reserve VIPs are not armed, do not take enforcement action, and wear a uniform that differentiates them from Police Officers. The Police Reserve provides a great experience in citizen contact, traffic control and direction, problem solving, and communication skills. We have a great group of dedicated Reserves, ranging in age and experience from college students to retirees. Many of our Reserve Officers have moved on to great law enforcement careers.

Among other requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. All applicants are subject to a background investigation. If you are interested in joining the Duluth Police Reserve, please contact Investigator Tom Maida at tmaida@duluthmn.gov for further information and an application form.