By Kelly Terpstra, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charles City Police Department benefits from the help of its reserve force.
Currently there are three reserve police officers on duty for the CCPD, headed by 11-year veteran Kevin Marvin.
Reserve officers perform most of the same duties and responsibilities as full-time officers according to Marvin. They are donating their time, as all of them work full-time jobs.
“It’s volunteer based,” said Marvin, who works for the Street Department in Charles City.
Marvin said the majority of reserve officers that he knows have gone on to become full-time officers. One such instance is Luke Chatfield, who was hired on as a reserve on December 26, 2017, and became full-time in April.
Reserve officers are required to devote at least eight hours of ride time a month with a full-time officer.
“We can do every weekend if we want,” said Marvin.
Hunter Ortmayer and Dustin Haberkorn comprise the remaining two-thirds of the reserve force in Charles City.
Ortmayer graduated from Charles City in 2012 and has been a reserve officer since August of 2015. He is currently a security officer at Simply Essentials. He said working as a reserve officer in Charles City helped him get his job at Simply Essentials.
He has a goal of becoming a full-time officer in the near future. He is also recently engaged.
Ortmayer said he puts in about 16 hours of work a month on the reserve force. He was drawn to law enforcement when he was a kid and saw police cars drive by.
“You see the cop cars going past when I was younger and I wish I was driving one of the those,” said Ortmayer.
Dustin Haberkorn has been on the reserve force for roughly a year and is a 2002 Charles City High School grad. He works at Innovative Ag Services in Elma.
Marvin made sure to mention that the Police Department has openings for other positions on the reserve force. He said the CCPD can have as many as seven reserve officers.
“Even during parade time, we’re always looking for volunteers to help block intersections,” said Marvin.
Reserve officers must complete academy training and do the same agility and psychiatric tests as full-time officers. Marvin said reserve officers are allowed 18 months to complete their academy training.