The Pella Police Department is recruiting residents interested in becoming reserve officers.

Lt. Shane Cox tells KNIA/KRLS News they are in the process of adding additional volunteers to serve alongside the officers of the Pella Police Department during events such as football games and Tulip Time.

Cox says those serving as reserve officers gain valuable experience in law enforcement that could turn into a career, like it did for him.

“They really have to have a drive behind being a reserve officer, whether that’s wanting a full-time career in law enforcement, or just helping out the community on a volunteer basis,” he says. “For the guys that want to have a career in law enforcement, this is a really good stepping stone for them to step into a police department or sheriff’s office and use the experiences they gain as a reserve officer not only on the street, but just in a professional setting.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Pella reserve officer should stop by the Pella Police Department to pick up an application or to ask questions.

Applications for the next class are due by September 15th. Hear more about what it takes to become a reserve officer on today’s Let’s Talk Pella.