Mendota Heights Police Reserves Earn President's Volunteer Service Award
The Reserve Unit more than doubled their hours volunteered from 2010 to 2011.
The Mendota Heights Police Department's Reserve Officer program has become an active addition to the department and the city, providing 3,361 recorded hours of service in 2011.
That total is more than double the recorded hours of service in 2010, the second year of the program's recent revival.
Seven reserve officers were presented with Presidential Service Awards Tuesday night at the Mendota Heights City Council meeting based on their volunteer hours with the city.
Three of those honored received the award last year as well.
Reserve officers are non-licensed volunteers who provide support services to the department.
Residents can see reserve officers working at community events, helping with perimeter security and working as an extra set of eyes and ears on patrol. They do not carry weapons and do not have arrest powers.
Sgt. Brian Convery told the Mendota Heights City Council Tuesday night that the reserves made a big impact in 2011 by providing transport services to the department, including driving suspects to Dakota County jail in Hastings and bringing stranded motorists home.
"This group has the right motives—they’re here for the right reasons, and they do a wonderful job," said Reserve Captain Jerry Murphy.
Murphy attributed the success of the program to the support of the city, the police department and Convery specifically, who Murphy said mentors reserves, invests extra time into the program and is responsible for their equipment.
Convery was also presented with a plaque from the reserves for his contributions.
The Presidential Service Award recipients received a certificate, a lapel pin and a letter from the office of President Barack Obama. Their names will also be added to a plaque in the department.
Randy Pentel—1,537 hours
Jeff Parker—287 hours
Jim Knox—431 hours
Becky Pentel—332 hours
Jerry Murphy—219 hours
Jesse Mettner—192 hours
George Castillo—171 hours
Jerrod Spicer—139 hours