HEIGHTS – The Police Department recently welcomed its newest reserve officer, Martin Crandall.
Crandall recently completed the Schoolcraft College 14-week Police Reserve Academy, resulting in his certification, and is now ready to serve as a certified (sworn) reserve officer. In addition to his police reserve activities, Crandall also serves as a member of the city’s ACT 78 Civil Service (Police & Fire) Commission.
Including Crandall, the department now has a total of 17 reserve officers. These officers play an active role in assisting the department’s full-time officers by performing “vacation checks” on unoccupied homes, ride-alongs (and back-ups to the full-time officers), and other related duties. Reserve officers work on an unpaid volunteer basis, and must work alongside at least one full-time officer. Department regulations prohibit them from working independently.
Police Chief Lee Gavin was pleased with the new addition.
“Our reserve officers play a vital role in the ongoing operation of our Department,” Gavin said. “We are pleased that Reserve Officer Crandall has decided to join us. We appreciate his dedication, and look forward to his active involvement in the future.