Police Reserves

The Cottage Grove Police Reserve is made up of volunteers who augment and assist the police department with a variety of duties and responsibilities. Reserve members come from all walks of life and have joined to assist and "give back" to their community. Some members are seeking careers in law enforcement and have joined the Police Reserve for experience, while others are gainfully employed in the private sector and are here to fulfill a civic need or duty.


Each month reserves participate in training designed to increase their knowledge of law enforcement procedures. This training is conducted by active officers of the police department with high levels of experience. Reserves are given the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards that the position of a police officer has to offer.

Reserve Duties

There are two levels of reserve officer. Both offer a great opportunity to give back to the community. 

Reserve Officer 1

  • Uniformed non-sworn volunteer position. 
  • Provided uniforms, tools and training monthly (specific to the reserve officer 1 position. Not required for reserve officer 2).  
  • Patrol with sworn officers. 
  • Provide assistance with traffic control, prisoner transports, crime scene security and much more.  

Note: The reserve officer 1 opportunity is great for someone interested in a law enforcement career. 

Reserve Officer 2

  • Non-uniformed community volunteer.
  • You assist with community events such as parades, city festivals and other special events. 

Apply for Position

We are currently accepting applications for the Reserve Unit. 

Complete an application (PDF) and submit to:
Cottage Grove Public Safety Department
12800 Ravine Parkway S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Applications can be emailed to Community Engagement Officer Dan Schoen or returned to the Public Safety Department. If you are interested in obtaining additional information about the Police Reserve, please contact Officer Schoen at 651-458-6058.


  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Satisfactory completion of:
    • Background checks (driving and criminal records)
    • Drug testing
    • Oral exams as determined by the city/department
    • Successful completion of application screening process
  • United States citizen
  • Valid driver's license