LA CROSSE, Wis. – (WXOW) – For those looking to get involved with the community while considering a career in local law enforcement, the La Crosse police offer a solid option. The La Crosse police reserve program recruits can be seen assisting with traffic control, parades, concerts and other local events. They can also be called upon for traffic accidents or natural disasters.
“We have a lot of officers that began as reserves,” said Officer Brad Stoner. “It’s not necessarily what everyone wants to do. Some people just want that behind the scenes look at law enforcement, others may decide on a career.”
Stoner adds that all members of the reserve are volunteers. Each month they are required to participate in 10 hours of service and different areas of training. Most recently they group took on river rescue training. Using the police boat, recruits took turns throwing lines with life preservers as well as basic safety boat techniques.
Anyone interested in becoming part of the reserves can check out either the La Crosse Police Reserves facebook page or go the the City of La Crosse website under the section for police department.