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Cedar Rapids Police Reserve Officer Program Strong Show of Community Policing

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN) -- Cedar Rapids Police Officers come from all walks of life and the department has a program that invites more and more officers to the force. The program is called the Reserve Officer program and right now there are 11 of those reserve officers on the force. Officers Ardean Schill and Bryan Copeland are two of those officers, but in their everyday life they live other lives.

"Typical college student, class and gym," Officer Copeland said.

"I work at and engineering firm," says Officer Schill.

Both officers are devoted to the force and as a reserve they basically volunteer their time to serve and protect. You can find them walking a beat or in a squad car. They devote roughly 96 hours a year to the force and they are trained to the exact requirements as full-time officers.

The training requires a written application and a number of physical test and the two are in the program with just under a dozen others but for them it's more than police work. They do the job for just one dollar a year.

"It's fun to interact with the people, it's a challenge, it's rewarding," says Schill.

"Getting out to meet the public, being about to help somebody," Copeland said.
Cedar Rapids Police Reserve Officer Program Strong Show of Community Policing

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