Reserve Unit

The Urbandale Police Reserve Unit is comprised of volunteer reserve officers who serve in a similar capacity to full-time police officers. The Reserve Unit is a highly trained, flexible and dedicated unit that assists the police department in a variety of ways.

Unparalleled Experience

We are looking for people who have a passion for Urbandale and the Law Enforcement field. The Urbandale Police Reserve Unit is a four-time winner of the Iowa State Reserve Law Officer's Association "Unit of the Year Award". We provide an experience you will not find at your full-time career. Don't take our word for it, watch what our Reserve Officers have to say (WMP).

Job Interest Cards

Submit a job interest card online and be notified by email of openings. Be sure to select email notification.

Join the Department

To join the Urbandale Police Department Reserve Unit you must qualify through an application process. This process includes a background check, physical exam, psychological exam, and polygraph examination. The application must be approved by the Chief of Police before continuing through the process.


In order to join the Urbandale Police Reserve Unit you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and the State of Iowa
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Live in Urbandale or the surrounding area
  • Maintain a valid Iowa driver's license
  • Obtain a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a physical and eye exam set by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy


Reserve Officers will be trained to the standards of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. This training is done in-house and consists of several weeks of training. In addition, Reserve Officers must complete ongoing training specific to the assigned division.

To obtain more information on the Urbandale Police Reserve Unit email Sergeant Shane Taylor or call 515-331-6826.

  1. Shane Taylor


  2. Police Department

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    3740 86th Street
    Urbandale, IA 50322

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