Police Reserves

The Cottage Grove Police Reserve is made up of citizen 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

  • Assisting Officers
  • Bike Patrol
  • Community Emergencies
  • Community Events
  • Crime Scene Security
  • Focused Traffic Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Watch Events
  • Non-confrontational Property Calls
  • Park and Business Patrols
  • Patrol Duties
  • Prisoner Transports

Apply for Position

We are currently fully staffed. Unfortunately, at this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the Reserve Unit for the rest of 2020. Please check back regularly for future opportunities to apply for 2021 positions and thank you for your interest!

To apply for the Police Reserve please complete an application (PDF) and submit to:
Cottage Grove Public Safety Department
12800 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Applications can be emailed to Officer Jordan Ziebarth, or returned to the Public Safety Department. If you are interested in obtaining additional information about the Police Reserve, please contact Officer Jordan Ziebarth at 651-458-6031.


  • 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