Volunteer Programs

The New Brighton Department of Public Safety have a variety of roles individuals of all ages can participate in to help us carry out our mission in the City of New Brighton.  

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Our Programs
Police Reserves

The Police Reserve Unit consists of volunteers from the community and various organizations with a desire to help improve the community.

Each member of the Reserve Unit receives training in defensive tactics, aerosol subject restraints, impact weapons, radio use, patrol tactics, and traffic direction. They also receive uniforms and all required equipment provided free of charge by the department.

Reserve Officers who satisfactorily complete the required training are entrusted with a marked patrol vehicle to assist licensed Police Officers in conducting their duties.

For an application, CLICK HERE

Contact Officer Ian Craig, 651-288-4112 for further information.

Volunteers In Public Safety (VIPS)

Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) is a program of the City of New Brighton that provides citizens the opportunity to become involved with the Department of Public Safety. VIPS members donate hundreds of hours assisting the Police and Fire Divisions in a variety of community oriented, prevention-based programs.  VIPS members serve in a non- uniformed, non-enforcement role working with police officers, firefighters, and civilian public safety staff.  VIPS members serve without compensation for their time.  Their reward is the gratitude of the Department and the satisfaction that comes from serving one’s community.  VIPS is a nationally recognized program of Citizen Corps, an initiative coordinated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  All over our nation, people just like you are serving their country by serving their communities.

For more information on VIPS or other Citizen Corps programs, contact:
Sergeant Matt Farmer

Police Explorers

Police Explorers is a youth organization developed to give young adults aged 14-21 the chance to learn and experience the field of Law Enforcement.  Explorer Post members are given training in all basic areas of police work to help them understand the duties of a Police Officer and to assist the Explorer in determining if the field of law enforcement is a career they would be interested in pursuing.  The Explorer program is a part of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life division.

Officer Taylor Wodnick


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area.  Volunteers are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in  New Brighton.