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Mendota Heights Reserve Officers Honored for 13,000 Hours in Volunteer Service

The city of Mendota Heights honored seven police reserve officers at a city council meeting earlier this month.

Seven police reserve officers were recognized earlier this month by the city of Mendota Heights for volunteering a total of 3,029 hours in 2012, the Pioneer Press is reporting.

Presidential volunteer service awards were given to George Castillo, Jesse Mettner, Jeff Parker, Jim Knox, Randy Pentel and Jerry Murphy, and Murphy was presented with a lifetime achievment award for volunteering about 13,000 in the past 45 years.

The Mendota Heights Police Department began a reserve unit in 1967 to support the sworn police officers working in the field.

The program fell by the wayside until 2009 when the unit was revived under the guidance of Murphy, a volunteer captain who was the remaining member of the original program.

It takes 42 hours of basic training in addition to volunteer time and extensive background checks to make the cut.

While reserves do not carry guns or arrest powers, they help with "non-precarious" support activities— things like event presence, extra patrol, transports and crime prevention.

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