This article is about Officer Reese, a female police officer from 2015. You may be looking for Officer Reese, a male police officer from the 1980s.
Reese (left in pic)
Biographical information
Date of birth1980
Age (1955)Not yet born
Age (1985)5
Age (2015)35
Physical description


Eye colorBlue
Behind-the-scenes information
Played byMary Ellen Trainor
" "Hilldale!" Her [Foley's] partner, Reese, spat out the name in disgust. 'They ought to tear this whole place down. Nothing more than a breeding ground for tranks, Lo-bos and zipheads.' / At least, Foley thought, she and Reese agreed on something for a change. Sometimes, her partner's fanaticism about rules and regulations got to her. According to Reese, everything and anything had to be done by the book. Stop for coffee and donuts? See Section 8, sub-paragraph C. Reese had been a cop so long all that her human feelings were gone. Maybe, Foley reflected, she would end up like Reese, too, one of these days, her emotions buried under years of working slag-heaps like Hilldale. "
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 61)

Reese was one of two female police officers in Unit N11-11, the other being Foley.


Reese and Foley recovered Jennifer Parker in an alleyway on October 21, 2015. Assuming she was the Jennifer of the future, they flew her back home in their squad car to her future residence in Hilldale.

Reese and Foley wore peaked caps with an electronic readout affixed to the hatband, where the police badge would be normally.

Behind the scenes[]

  • It is likely that Reese was the daughter of Officer Reese, a police officer in the 1980s.
  • The names Reese and Foley have been generally used for police officers in scripts by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis (see Foley for examples of these).
  • Reese was portrayed by Mary Ellen Trainor, who was uncredited on-screen. She was at the time the wife of Robert Zemeckis.
  • In the finished version of the movie, Reese's face is mostly obscured — either by having the peak of her cap almost covering her eyes or her features being kept in the dark.


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