Volunteer Opportunities

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Become Police Reserve

One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. The IGH PD Reserve Unit is made up of local citizens who are dedicated to their community and its safety. They assist the community by providing reliable volunteer personnel to the department.

The reserves are a large part of the “community policing” concept. They often assist with local events, emergencies, natural disasters and special assignments. 

Reserves are individuals who have an interest in law enforcement or are pursuing a law enforcement career. They want to give back, and be a part of the community through active service.  They help to contribute to the safety and security of our Inver Grove Heights. 

Reserve Requirements

We have 9 simple requirements to be eligible to be an IGH PD Officer.

  • US Citizen
  • Resident of Dakota County or work/attend school in Inver Grove Heights
  • 18+ years of age
  • High school or GED graduate
  • No felony convictions
  • Good driving record
  • No drug or domestic violence convictions
  • Able to pass a background investigation
  • Have good personal conduct


Just like our sworn officers, the reserves train to the highest level possible. Training is required before a reserve officer can participate in assignments or activities. They must complete training in the following areas: 

  • Traffic control 
  • Handcuffing 
  • Defensive tactics 
  • Arrest and transport tactics 
  • Firearms qualifications
  • Citizen contacts
  • General duties

Reserve Duties


  • Monthly Meetings
  • Trainings
  • Scheduled events 


  • Park patrols
  • Ride along with on duty officers 
  • Event traffic and crowd control


Some of the scheduled events the reserves actively participate in include:

  • Inver Grove Heights Days 
  • Night to Unite
  • Simley High School Sports Events
  • Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
  • Safety Fairs and Carnivals
  • Charity runs, walks and rides
  • Nearby town festivals and events
  • Assisting with traffic and crowd control for crime scenes and natural disasters.