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Reserve Unit

The Traverse City Police Department Reserve Unit was formed in September 1984 and currently consists of 19 reserve officers.  Over the years this volunteer program has continued to grow in size and experience.

The current Reserve Unit consists of the following members:

Reserve Police Captains = 2

Reserve Sergeants = 3

Reserve Officers = 14 

The Reserve Unit is instrumental in assisting our sworn police officers with the force necessary to provide safety and security during many special events held in our city.  These events continue to grow in size and in number.   For example the National Cherry Festival annually draws approximately 250,000 people to our city which normally accommodates 25,000 residents. The reserves officers provide support services consisting of: foot patrol, vehicle patrol (with a sworn officer) and security for charity, athletic (All home Traverse City Central High school football, boys basketball and hockey games) and special events.  

Before becoming a Traverse City Police Reserve you must go through an application process which includes a background investigation, psychological profile and a physical fitness test.  You must also successfully complete a 104 hour reserve police academy. 

Reserve Firearm TrainingThe reserve officers are equipped with many of the same tools and go through much of the same training as sworn officers.  The reserve officers wear the same uniform with the exception of the badge and a rocker patch on the left shoulder above the department’s patch that signifies “Reserve”.

Reserve officers are able to carry a firearm while on duty after completing a one year probation period and a 40 hour firearms training course.  The reserve officers meet and train once a month at mandatory meetings after completion of the academy.

Lt. Bohrer is in charge of the Reserve Unit and can be reached at 231-995-5158 or by email,                                                                                                                                                                                          

This page last updated on 1/15/2020.