Reserve Unit

  • The Waterloo Police Department’s Reserve Unit was established in 1958 by Chief Harry Krieg
  • Reserve officers volunteer a minimum of 8 hours monthly and attend monthly training session where they receive the same type of in-service training as full-time officers
  • New reserve officers receive 180 hours of specialized training at the Police Department sponsored Reserve Academy then spend 160 hours assigned to field training officers working the streets
  • Reserve officers have full police powers defined by the Code of Iowa and handle the same types of calls as full-time officers
  • Reserve officers patrol as partners with either another reserve or a full-time officer
  • The Reserve Unit is supervised by a full-time Police Lieutenant as well as a Reserve Command staff consisting of a Reserve Captain, Reserve Lieutenant, and two Reserve Sergeants
  • Currently there are 20 reserve officers, 5 with more than 15 years of experience, and these officers volunteer more that 3200 hours a year

If you have any questions about the Reserve Officer Program, contact Lt. Aaron McClelland at (319)291-4340 and follow the prompts for the training unit or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tactical Unit

  • The Waterloo Police Department’s Tactical Unit responds to “high risk” situations with officers specially trained and equipped to handle potentially dangerous incidents
  • "High risk" incidents include but are not limited to; hostage Incidents, narcotics raids, hazardous surveillance, sniper incidents, armed suicidal person, barricaded suspect, felony warrant service, and fugitives refusing to surrender
  • All members are sworn officers who have volunteered for this extra-duty assignment
  • The unit has at least 3 specially equipped vehicles to assist them in their duties

“When a citizen needs help, they call the police. When the police need help, they call the Tactical Unit” - Lieutenant Dennis R. Damon (ret.) former commander WPD Tactical Unit