Since 1959, the citizens of this community have come forward to help the Police in serving the needs of La Junta. 2009 was the 50th Anniversary of the La Junta Police Reserve program. As we start the new year we are looking for a few good men and women to join us in our goal of protecting and serving the citizens of La Junta. After being accepted into the La Junta Reserves, the police cadet undergoes over 200 hours of training. This training involves a variety of topics to include: Criminal Code, First Aid/CPR, Arrest Control, and Firearms. After completion of the La Junta Reserve Officer Academy the Reserve Officer is expected to give 12 hours a month to assist the patrol officers during their routine duties. Reserve Officers patrol the town while enforcing both state and local laws, under the guidance of a full-time officer. Reserve Officers complete reports, write tickets and assist the department in furthering our mission, "Committed to Community Needs". Reserve Officers are an integral part of the department and are a much needed asset. As of November 2013 we have started a Auxiliary Unit to the Reserve Officers. As a member of the Auxiliary Unit you can volunteer to help in the department and assist with community policing activities at local events. Auxiliary members have no hourly requirements and have no statutory authority to enforce the criminal code. This is another avenue that can be taken for those citizens that are unable to meet the training calendar or monthly hourly commitment. If you are interested in joining the La Junta Police Reserves/Auxiliary Unit, or would like more information, please contact Lt Mike Engebrecht at 384.2525
The La Junta Police Reserve Unit meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 18:00 (6:00 p.m.), at the St. Pats building, 601 Raton Ave. The meetings are open to the public and usually take about an hour. The meetings are held to discuss the business of the reserve unit and to schedule participation in patrol duties and special events.
Reserve Officers are often called upon to assist in major public events, natural disasters, major cases and prisoner handling and transport. Reserve officers support the regular officers in their duties and assist the public in all aspects of law enforcement in our community.