Police Reserves

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The Wauwatosa Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer organization whose members have been serving the Wauwatosa community since 1942. It is a non-profit group of citizen volunteers who serve the citizens, businesses, and visitors to Wauwatosa. The Wauwatosa Police Reserves (WPR) augment the police department in times of emergency and special events.

The community, City officials, and members of the WPR take this responsibility very seriously, as should anyone interested in joining.

When joining the WPR, you are joining an organization that is strongly supported by the Police Department. The department depends on the WPR to step-in and assist with various events and situations. Thus, all reserves must be fully trained and equipped to handle many situations.

In the WPR you will have an opportunity to make a difference in the community and work with one of the finest police reserve units in the state.


For more information, please email Reserve Liaison Officer Mike McDermott of the Community Support Division or call (414) 471-8430 ext. 5113.

Purpose of the Reserve Unit

As a Wauwatosa Police Reserve Officer you will assume a key role within the community. The functions and responsibilities often closely shadow that of a regular police officer.

The primary purpose of the WPR is to augment the regular force in times of emergency or whenever required to preserve peace and order.

Members of the WPR can expect to assist with crowd and traffic control at festivals, parades, runs, walks, and other special events as they arise. In addition, WPR members may also be called in during times of emergency or special need.


Individuals who are of good sound character, honest in thought and deed, unbiased, non-prejudicial, and possessing a positive attitude toward public service. Also, those who are willing to assist in serving mankind; to safeguard lives and property; and to assist in the protection of the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression, and the peaceful against violence and disorder.

If you are such an individual, the Wauwatosa Police Reserves would like to meet you.

Specific Qualification Requirements

The minimum requirements for potential candidates includes the following:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimal traffic violations
  • No domestic abuse violations
  • Good moral character
  • Pass a background inspection
  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Wisconsin driver's license
  • No felony convictions
  • Good physical condition
  • Pass oral interview(s)

Minimum: 75 volunteer hours per calendar year
Minimum: 8 monthly meetings attended per calendar year (third Wednesday of every month @ 7:00 pm)


There are many benefits to becoming a part of the Wauwatosa Police Reserve. You will receive a first hand glimpse into the world of law enforcement through extensive training, patrol participation, and event activities. In fact, many members of the WPR go on to successful careers the law enforcement field.

Additionally, belonging to the WPR also helps build many personal qualities such as responsibility, motivation, a sense of duty, and self-confidence. Yet another benefit is the self-satisfaction of volunteering your time and giving back to the community and its citizens. The most satisfying benefit of becoming a Wauwatosa Police Reserve is the friendships that you will make among the Reserve Unit and the Police Department.


In order to be one of the finest Reserve organizations, each reserve is trained and expected to show proficiency in many aspects of law enforcement including, but not limited to:

  • Crowd control
  • Defense And Arrest Tactics (DAAT)
  • Emergency vehicle operations
  • Firearms use and techniques
  • Legal lecture
  • Traffic and pedestrian control
  • Officer survival techniques
  • Personal physical fitness
  • Squad riding tactics
  • Traffic stop contacts
  • Two-way radio procedures


Each member of the WPR will be provided with quality uniforms and accessories similar to those used by regular officers. Reserve Officers may also elect to purchase optional tactical equipment such as extra handcuffs, an expandable baton, etc. Uniforms are worn at all events where a member is scheduled for duty, unless otherwise instructed. Uniforms are also worn to monthly meetings and training as directed by the Reserve Captain.

Mission Statement and Values

Mission Statement

The Wauwatosa Police Department exists to detect criminal acts and to apprehend the offenders of such acts. To this end, the department shall also preserve the public peace and safety of all citizens in accordance with the laws and statutes of the Federal and State governments and the ordinances of the City of Wauwatosa.

The Police shall be diligent in working together with the citizens and members of the public to carry out the mission of this department. It shall be done in the most expeditious and efficient way possible; providing a high level of service while ensuring the rights and integrity of all who come into contact with members of this organization.


We believe in the dignity and worth of all people.
We are committed to providing a high level of service to the community. We will work to solve problems within the community, protect the rights of all people, and treat all citizens in a respectful manner.

Within our own organization, we believe in working together to maintain a high quality work environment, striving to do our work in an excellent manner. We will continue to seek solutions to problems, and work to make certain our performance is always high quality.

You can make a difference!