The position of Police Reserve Officer was created in 1968 specifically for Frankenmuth's Bavarian Festival, which has grown in size each coming year. The reserve unit patrolled this festival and many others on horseback until the early 1980's. Over time, the unit has grown and the position has expanded to meet the needs of our department and our city. Currently, the division is comprised of highly trained and competent officers which augment our patrol division. Our reserve officers are fully commissioned while under the direction of a (MCOLES) certified officer.

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Many of our Police Reserve Officers join this Department to start a career in law enforcement, while others join to give back to their communities' protection. Currently, Frankenmuth Police Reserve Officers assist the patrol division by providing crowd and traffic control at events, some with 100,000+ visitors in attendance. They also patrol with a full time officer, providing instant back-up, taking calls for service, following up on investigations, and testifying in court. Additionally, they may also work solo patrol shifts by bicycle and foot patrol.

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The Frankenmuth Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Reserve Officer.

Becoming a Police Reserve Officer is a rewarding opportunity to give back to the safety of your community while learning the skills to become a future police officer. Becoming a Reserve Officer takes a dedicated, reliable and enthusiastic individual. The Frankenmuth Police Department prides itself on its stringent hiring and training standards for its police reserve officer staff.

All applicants for the reserve unit must meet the same requirements as full time officers, such as a thorough background screening and interview process. After the application process, the individual becomes a recruit and will attend and successfully complete The Frankenmuth Police Reserve Academy. Please view our video for a look at our academy.

Reserve officers continue to receive training in law enforcement and related curriculum each month and are required to meet the same proficiency standards as the sworn officers in the use of lethal and non-lethal force. New Police Reserve officers will be supplied with all the required duty equipment and necessary uniforms.

Become part of the best and highly trained reserve programs in the state!!

Qualified applicants must meet the following minimum standards:

  • Be 18 years of age at the start of our Reserve Academy
  • Must have graduated high school. College or military experience a plus
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Must have a valid State of Michigan Drivers License
  • Good criminal, traffic, and credit history to show good moral character
  • Must live in Saginaw, Bay, Tuscola, or Genesee counties year round
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum 10 hours per month on road patrol and 5 mandatory detail events per year
Job Description:
For a full and complete explanation of the duties and responsibilities of the Police Reserve Officer Position please view the Job Description below:

Frankenmuth Police Department
218 W. Genesee, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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