The Madison Heights Police Reserve Unit is one of the few such groups in the surrounding area to enjoy certain advantages. Reserve Officers have their own station at the rear of the City's Department of Public Services Building. This office is well-equipped and the station has an upstairs locker room.
Vehicles & Equipment
Reserve Officers, in most cases, patrol solo in the Unit's Reserve vehicles, which have been reconditioned and given to the Unit after use by the Sworn Officers of the Police Department. These vehicles have been specially marked and equipped for Reserve use and are stored under a carport which was constructed in 1998 on the lot of the Reserve station.
Reserve Officers utilize the secondary police radio talk group, and Police Explorers serve as their dispatchers. Madison Heights Police Reserve Officers wear a uniform different from that worn by sworn officers. Initial uniforms and equipment are purchased by the individual Reserve Officers.
Unit members are armed with .40 caliber handguns with which they are required to qualify on the Department's firearms range. Fellow Reserves act as Range Officers, having completed the same instruction course required of Sworn Officers.
In addition to individual recognition, the group has received several Unit Citations from the Police Department's Commendations Board, and a Reserve Officer of the Year is chosen annually by group members and honored by City Council.