Minnehaha Co. Emergency Management Seeking Police Reserve Volunteers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –┬áThe Minnehaha County Emergency Management is looking for volunteers for their police reserve. The county’s Reserve Law Enforcement Unit currently has 60 officers.

Their primary function is to assist other officers, and do security detail at community events such as parades, tournaments, Jazz Fest, and The Sioux Empire Fair. Reserve officers are certified by the state’s Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission, and they go through the same type of hiring process and training that officers do in Pierre.

They say many of their volunteers have good paying jobs, but an interest in law enforcement, and want to give back to the community. It’s also a good way to get your foot in the door if you’re looking to get into law enforcement.

“I’ve got people that have 20 plus years on right now. We have a huge cross section of people that work for us. Since I’ve been on Emergency Management, I’ve had everyone from a Catholic Priest to an ER Doctor and everything in between,” said the Asst. Dir. of Minnehaha Co. Emergency Management, Doug Blomker.

The county is currently accepting applications through September 15th, and training for new members will begin in January of next year.

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