Kevin Loosli, the reserve program coordinator with Twin Falls police, tells The Times-News that the department is hoping to expand the program from two volunteer officers to about seven. In the past, Loosli said, most reserve officers entered the program to build skills in order to become full-time police officers. While that helped to create a strong regular police force, he said, it was hard to keep the reserve program fully staffed.

Reserve officers must pass a background test and physical and mental health tests, and can expect to spend about 10 hours a month riding with another officer on busy nights or helping to staff parades. Assistant City Manager Mike Williams said the city also wants to have manpower for emergency situations.