Blaine's Police Reserves work alongside the professional peace officers as uniformed volunteers, providing essential support to the Police Department.
Many reserve units across the country originated in the days of Civil Defense following World War II, when local law enforcement agencies recruited and trained volunteers to serve as auxiliary police forces in the event of mass evacuations or other disasters.
In Blaine, the Police Reserves perform integral functions like augmenting patrol, performing special operations and enhancing the emergency preparedness capabilities of the city. Reserves wear uniforms similar to full-time officers and drive marked reserve vehicles.
Common duties include:
Answering low-priority calls for service, such as animal control, nuisance complaints and vehicle lockouts, keeping licensed officers free for high-priority calls
Assisting crime prevention and other public safety programs
Assisting stalled/stranded motorists
Handling found/seized property and impounded vehicles
Patrolling highways, roads, parks and schools
Providing security and police presence at school and community events