Volunteer Opportunities

Police Explorer Program (Post 3775)

Law Enforcement Exploring is a program sponsored by local law enforcement agencies and the Boy Scouts of America to provide career information and hands on training to students between the ages of 14 and 20.   Our Explorer Post provides the structure and resources needed for young adults to make ethical choices and to achieve their full potential as individuals. There are more than 33,000 young men and women across the nation participating in posts organized by local law enforcement agencies.

Our Explorers learn firsthand the duties and responsibilities of police officers, as taught by the officers themselves.  At weekly meetings Explorers are able to apply the information and tactics they learn in mock situations such as: Crime Scene Search, Domestic Crisis Intervention, Traffic Accident Investigation, and Emergency First Aid, among others.  The explorer then demonstrates his/her knowledge and understanding of each scenario at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Conference each April, and at the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference held every other year.

Scholarships are awarded to explorer posts that place in the Academic and Practical Exercises at the State Conference. Our post then awards several scholarships each year to any explorer who is enrolled in a Law Enforcement college program and who meets the eligible criteria.

To join the Explorer program, contact an Explorer Advisor

For more information about Explorers, visit the MN Explorers Law Enforcement Organization.

Police Reserve Officers

A police reserve officer is a volunteer who is interested in assisting the police department with a variety of activities and interested in giving back to the community or law enforcement students who are looking for some non law enforcement experience. Applicants must be 18 years of age and pass an oral interview and background check.

Police reserve officers provide services including:

  • Assist with special events, celebrations, and activities
  • Available for emergencies or disasters 
  • Assist neighboring departments with celebration activities 
  • Assist Maple Grove schools with celebrations and carnivals 
  • Work sporting events and park and recreation activities 

To request a reserve officer to be present at an event, please complete the Reserve Officer Request form (.PDF) and return it to the Maple Grove Police Department.

Benefits of becoming a reserve officer:

  • Help the police department work closely with citizens through community-oriented policing
  • Receive first aid (First Responder) training 
  • Attend a 10-week reserve school offered through the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department 
  • Learn about state laws which leads to a greater understanding of the complexities of law enforcement 
  • Receive water safety, traffic direction and search and rescue training through the Reserve Officer Training Association

The Maple Grove Police Department accepts applications for Reserve Officers periodically.  To review open positions or volunteer opportunities within the city, please click here to complete an application.

If you have any questions about the Police Reserve Program, send an email to a Reserve Advisor.