Moose Lodge Honors Reserve Police Officers With Appreciation Dinner

Reserve officers are always helping out with the Anne Arundel County Police department. On days when community organizations run 5K races or need to manage traffic for a popular event, you can find reserve officers helping out. Early in the morning and late at night, they are out there, helping our community to stay safe.

Photo from the Anne Arundel County Police Department website.

Did you know that they are all volunteers?

They are. Although they wear the uniform, drive a reserve fleet vehicle and often carry police radios, they are 100 percent volunteer organization. They not only take care of traffic control, funeral details and administrative help like fingerprinting, but also crime scene management and community relations.

That is a lot for a volunteer to do. So, in their honor, the  Annapolis Moose Lodge #296 will be honoring these officers with an Appreciation Dinner in their honor on Thursday (Nov. 29/tonight) at the Moose Lodge on Crownsville Road in Annapolis.

The reserve corps was formed in the summer of 1982. After 30 years, the program is still going strong. Reserve officers do not carry weapons and they are not authorized to make arrests. They do go through formal police training in the classroom and on-the-job.

The appreciation dinner will include  appetizers, dinner and a presentation after the meal. The organizers of the dinner said that they want to show their appreciation with the dinner. They said that the reserve officers allow the sworn officers to be free and able to handle more pressing calls, which in turn keeps our communities safer.

“The Annapolis Moose Lodge #296 is proud to be able to honor these men & women.”

If you’d like to join the reserve officers of the Anne Arundel County Police force, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have a clean driving record and no serious criminal record. Follow this link: Reserve Officer Application to get started.

The Moose Organization is a private, non-denominational fraternity of people helping people, with a special focus on serving communities and caring for children and senior citizens.  Annapolis Moose Lodge #296 is located at 1890 Crownsville Road in Annapolis. Call 410-266-0688 for more information.

Their next event for the Moose in Annapolis will be a Toys for Tots drive at the Lodge on Dec. 2. from 1 to 5 p.m. and then a visit from Santa breakfast starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 8.

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