Over the last couple of months the Northfield Police Reserve unit has been very active in our community. We've helped to cover everything from missing person searches and suspect searches to traffic and crowd control at the annual state cross country meet hosted by St. Olaf.
This is one of our busiest weeks as we help with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Currently there are 24 police reserves, and of the 24 of us we will put in around 250 hours over four days covering just this one event. A lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes. Months in advance we begin planning who will work which day and what will need to be covered. The reserve unit spends time reviewing past Christmas festivals looking at what went right and what we could improve on.
We are always striving to be better than we were the year before. This is also true for the annual Defeat of Jesse James Days. The review process is very important for us. It gives us a chance to critically look at how we do things. It creates opportunities not only for improvement, but opportunities for future training. In order to cover these large events it requires a lot of hours and sacrifice on the part of the members of your Northfield Police Reserves.
It's a remarkable feat when you think about it. You have just 24 people willing to volunteer their time and talent, some even using their own vacation time, to cover an event making it as safe and family friendly an experience as we can. I hope to have some reserves working the Winter Walk again this year. And there's always the possibility you could see us working at high school hockey games as well. Feel free to say hello and ask us about working as a reserve. Sometime this winter or spring we're going to have the application process open again for new reserves.
There are many reasons why someone becomes a reserve police officer. As a unit we are made up of dedicated men and women; some are going to school to become police officers, others have careers outside of law enforcement or are retired. All of us are members of the community with a love and passion for law enforcement and our city. I'm beginning work on the history of the Northfield Police Reserves. Many past Northfield Police Reserve Officers have gone on to become Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs throughout the area and beyond. Others continue being productive members of the community volunteering their time and talent with various organizations, non profits, and churches. If you, or someone you know, was once a member of the Northfield Police Reserves, please contact me. I would love to hear about your experience.