The Reserve program started with Sheriff Julius Zimmer in 1987 and continued through Sheriff Dennis Boser, Sheriff Brent Lindgren and now Sheriff Don Lorge.
The Mille Lacs County Reserves are a dedicated team of volunteers who assist the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office by donating their time and effort to the city and the community. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some individuals are interested in a law enforcement career while others wish to provide worthwhile community service that contributes to the safety and security of Mille Lacs County.
To provide quality law enforcement, custodial, and court-related services to all persons within Mille Lacs County, and to perform all duties mandated by the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Minnesota in a professional, ethical, and cost-efficient manner.
During the course of a Reserve Deputy’s shift they:
- Assist in crime scene protection; assist with the search for lost persons or evidence
- Assist motorists
- Assist with crime prevention and other public safety programs
- Conduct checks of businesses, parks and schools
- Provide traffic direction at special events, accidents and fires
- Respond to medicals and assist neighboring law enforcement agencies with various community events
Natural Disasters & Other Emergencies
Reserve Deputies also assist with natural disasters and other emergencies that require additional personnel.
The primary purpose of the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit is to assist the Sheriff’s Office whenever needed. Reserve Deputies assist licensed, sworn Deputies by performing community service tasks and non-criminal police functions. Reserve Deputies work a regularly scheduled patrol shift on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night and are on call for call-outs. They can expect to be scheduled for one or two shifts each month.
Callouts can be for any number of reasons, day or night, including:
- Crime scene protection
- Fire scene protection
- Missing person searches
- Power outages
- Serious car accidents
- Severe weather conditions
- Special details as needed by Sheriff’s Office
There are approximately 9 Reserve Deputies in the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Reserve unit. The unit is supervised by one licensed Deputy. Within the Reserve unit, there is a Captain and two Sergeants.
The Reserve Deputy’s position is a volunteer position and the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office does not offer any financial compensation to its Reserve Deputies.
Seeking Reserve Applicants
The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office is seeking dedicated men and women who would like to volunteer their time to the betterment and safety of their community. For more information please view the Application page.