Seniors moonlight as St. Paul reserve officers

- Once a week, Mary Murphy and Valalee Weber hit the streets of St Paul, but these senior citizens are not your ordinary Golden Girls--they're partners against crime for the St Paul Police Department.

As reserve officers, the dynamic duo have been patroling Frogtown together for the last 5 years. They have their own squad car, uniforms and badges but no weapons. 

Their role? To be ambassadors for the police department.

"It gets you out of the house and gets you meeting people," SPPD Reserve Officer Valalee Weber said. "You are getting to know your neighbors and I hope they respect me."

They volunteer at least 100 a year doing house checks for people who are out of town, crowd and traffic control and picking up abandoned bikes.

"I like getting to know the officers and getting to know the community and the city," Murphy said.

But at 83 and 68 years old, they don't have to lay down the law.

"We just assist," Murphy said. "We don't enforce things so we don't have to worry about chasing them down or anything like that."

"If we hear shots fired, we don't go that way. We go the other way," Weber added.

Between the two, Mary and Val have been giving back to their community for 40 years--though even after all that time they're showing no signs of slowing down.

"When I can't get out of the car, then I'm thinking I won't be able to do it," Murphy said.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in – includes advertiser stories