South Pasadena Police Reserves celebrated 75 year of service last week during a ceremony at City Hall.
The reserves were formed in 1942 as a civilian defense auxiliary unit to supplement full-time officers that went to fight in World War II.
The South Pasadena City Council presented a proclamation at the May 17 City Council meeting honoring the reserve organization.
South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller pointed out that the South Pasadena Reserves are the second oldest reserve organization in the state of California and “continues to be a professional and well-respected unit.” He continued, “Many South Pasadena Reserve officers have gone on to becoming full-time police officers. Nearly 29 percent of the current full-time officers with the South Pasadena Police Department were former reserve officers with the department. Other reserve officers were hired by other agencies and advanced through the ranks of law enforcement from sergeants to chief of police, showcasing the quality of our reserve officers.”
As of March 2017, Miller noted that the reserve organization has logged more than 506,000 volunteer hours in the city. “Today, the South Pasadena Police Reserves continue to be ready to assist the police department in its needs to residents of the city,” the Chief stated. “Reserves are equally equipped and trained as full-time officers, while maintaining their full-time jobs.”
Looking at the roomful of reserves in the council chambers, Miller added: “On behalf of the South Pasadena Police Department, we would like to thank you for your service in contributing to make the South Pasadena Reserves such a successful organization for 75 years.”