Bloomfied Police Reserves sees a first week of interested applicants

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:36 AM CST
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BLOOMFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - The Bloomfield Police Department’s new Police Reserve unit is seeing a good first week from applicants.

The program already has three applicants with a program capacity of four or five. The chosen applicants will be trained in April and May through a weekend course. They will become full police reserves by June. They will have many of the same responsibilities and equipment of full time police officers, without the full time commitment.

Plus, Bloomfield Assistant Chief Zack Dunlavy says someone can stay in the reserves as long as they like.

“Some people just want to give back to their community, some people use it to get their foot in the door for some law enforcement type stuff. And that’s a benefit to us as well, because we’ll get to know these people; we’ll get to know what they’re like.”

Bloomfield’s Police Department has six full time officers, and Assistant Chief Dunlavy says he doubts they’ll add any more full time officers. Any full time officers would likely have to retire for a reserve officer to become full time.

Bloomfield Police say they plan to take applicants until the end of January, and select the Reserves by mid-Feburary.

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