Police Department Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Reserves
  2. Explorers
  3. Chaplains
  4. Internship

Primary Purpose

The Edina Police Department is devoted to the development of future Law Enforcement Officers through the Edina Police Department's internship program. 

The primary purpose of the reserves is to assist the department whenever needed. This can be on very short notice. Call-outs can be for any number of reasons -- day or night -- including severe weather conditions, serious car accidents, fire scene protection, lost/missing person searches, crime scene protection, power outages or special details as needed by the Police Department.

Reserve Structure

There are approximately 20 Police Reserves in the unit. The unit is supervised by three licensed officers. Within the Reserve unit, there is a captain, lieutenant and two sergeants. The ranks of the captain, lieutenant and sergeant are elected positions with terms of one year each. 


Reserve Officers work a regularly scheduled patrol shift on Friday or Saturday night. Reserve Officers manage traffic control, provide general security at many special events and are also called upon to assist the Police Department with training exercises or mock disaster drills. Reserve Officers may also be asked to assist other cities with emergencies or special events.


Besides patrolling one or two Friday or Saturday nights per month and attending monthly training meetings, the following events will need Reserve coverage:

  • 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
  • 50th and France Holiday Celebration
  • 50th & France Pum
  • Junior Police Program
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Pumpkin Festival
  • SWAT Team Role Player
  • Edina Art Fair
  • Edina High School Home Football Games
  • Edina High School Homecoming Parade
  • Masters 15K Run
  • MOCA Kids' Run

  • Fall into the Arts Festival
  • Get Your Rear in Gear Cancer 5K Run
  • Hostage Negotiations Training
  • Night to Unite
  • Race for the Cure

Other assignments are added throughout the year as well.

Financial Compensation

The Edina Police Department does not offer financial compensation for its Reserve Officers, but you will be provided with a standard Reserve uniform and equipment. 

Application Requirements

Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are interested in a law enforcement career and others wish to provide worthwhile community service by contributing to the safety and security of Edina. 

Requirements to Become a Reserve Officer; you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be of sound physical and mental health
  • Have a history of good personal conduct
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Possess a valid Minnesota driver's license
  • Successfully pass an oral interview
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per month
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Attend Hennepin County Sheriff's Police Reserve School for 10 weeks
  • Be on patrol a Friday or Saturday evening once or twice a month

How to Apply 

Submit a Volunteer Edina Reserve Application online.

More Information

Contact Officer Keith Boerger for more information.