What are the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Reserves?
The Reserves currently consist of 10 men and women of all ages and occupations. They conduct foot patrols and also have a marked squad car that is assigned to them for other duties. When out in the squad car, the Reserves patrol throughout Kandiyohi County and perform residence checks for community members who have requested their property be monitored. The Reserves are also an extra set of eyes & ears, which allows the deputies to answer calls for service. They assist deputies when requested with various projects such as directing traffic, accidents, and other duties assigned to them as requested by the Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
Reserve members, at their convenience, or at the request of the Sheriff, ride along with deputies during patrol shifts or scheduled events. Reserves also support deputies on water patrol duty on the county lakes. Utilizing a deputy and reserve member working together allows for safety, effectiveness and efficiency, especially when conditions are less than perfect and more than one person is in a stopped vehicle or watercraft.
The Reserves work various events to raise money for the purchase of uniforms and equipment. Some of these events are- community events such as street dances (Spicer 4th of July, New London Water Days, etc), New London-Spicer football games, NLS Prom, Kandiyohi County Fair events, Spicer Triathlon and others requested of them to work. To request the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Reserves to work an event, please contact them at KCSOReserves@kcmn.us
What is the history of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Reserves?
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Auxiliary was formed in 1961. The name was changed to Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Posse and is currently the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Reserve. This is a volunteer group where originally members were required to own horses and associated equipment to participate. However, as the Reserve unit evolved into various other functions, the requirement to own horses is no longer viable. Horses were primarily used for search and rescue and crowd control. They held events at the county fairgrounds, such as horse racing and rodeos to raise money for the group. They represented the Sheriff’s Office in community events within the county, such as Ridgewater graduation parking and area parades.
This group continues to be a volunteer group and became a Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation in 1980 and in 1994, received its Federal Tax Exempt 501©3 status. The definition of the word volunteer is, “One who enters a service of his own free choice. To offer, do, or go voluntarily.” The men and women of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Reserve unit truly meet that definition. They do not get any type of compensation or retirement benefits from the County. They do it because they want to help keep our community safe.
How can I become a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Reserve?
Applications to become a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Reserve can be picked up at the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, by clicking the link below or by emailing KCSOReserves@kcmn.us to request a copy.
- be 18 years of age,
- have a 45 minute response time to the law enforcement center in Willmar,
- be willing and able to volunteer time,
- attend monthly meetings and annual trainings,
- pass a criminal background check and
- be approved by the Reserve Board and the Sheriff.
Applications are accepted year round, with interviews scheduled in November for new members to start in January.
Applications can be mailed (2201 NE 23rd St, Suite 101, Attn: KCSO Reserves, Willmar MN 56201), emailed (KCSOReserves@kcmn.us) or turned in at the Sheriff’s Office once completed. We do have staff available Monday thru Friday, 8a-430p to notarize the forms as required if needed.
If you have questions about the Reserves or wish to inquire about hiring them for an event, you can email them at KCSOReserves@kcmn.us .