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(AZCentral)   Phoenix-area cities increasingly rely on volunteer policemen to don special uniforms, tool around in marked cruisers, free up officers to hunt real criminals. "They don't complain like paid people do. They truly come and want to help us out"   ( ) divider line
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2013-12-13 03:36:06 PM  
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Nearly every police department in the country has a reserve component.  Some are paid, some are not, but everyone has the same training, if not always the same level of experience as full time officers.  There are a lot of reasons you become a reserve officer.  The most common, is often because it is the easiest and fastest way to get hired on as a full time officer when you are fresh out of the academy, and don't have a whole lot of experience.  Think of it as being like a police intern, with most of these guys getting picked up in less than a year.

I have also known reserve officers who were professionals who made a lot of money, but wanted to serve the community at weekends.  One of the best police officers I ever knew was a surgeon who would don a police uniform every Friday night.  Guy was a lifesaver on an accident scene, and even spent a bunch of money out of his own pocket refurbishing the older police cars that were used by the reserve division, so that the reserve officers had vehicles as good as the fulltimers.

I also knew people, mostly single parents, that loved being police officers, but couldn't make the commitment to working shift work, because of their family obligations.  Our department was one of the few that paid its reserve officers a fair wage, so we attracted a lot of these guys and gals.  About half our force was reserve officers, which saved our butts during special events, and heavy tourist weekends.
2013-12-13 03:25:09 PM  
2 votes:
Law enforcement groupies are farking creepy.
2013-12-13 03:17:39 PM  
2 votes:

edmo: So who volunteers for this?
2013-12-13 03:16:15 PM  
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2013-12-13 03:58:34 PM  
1 vote:

edmo: So who volunteers for this? Old retired people? Seems a shame that these aren't real jobs for real people with real bills to pay.

I knew a guy about 10 years ago who worked as the grocery manager full time and worked part time as a local volunteer policeman. This was in a town of about 3000, mostly old folks. I would say he was in his 30s at the time.

It may not work for every town, but it's not shameful for people, especially smaller towns, to come together as a community. I think it's way more shameful when communities can't seem to function without a unionized public work force funded by unduly high taxes. It's really about whatever works best in your neck of the woods.
2013-12-13 03:29:53 PM  
1 vote:
I guess since AZ got sued for enforcing a law the government wouldn't the Minute Men needed to find something else to do
2013-12-13 03:22:34 PM  
1 vote:
2013-12-13 03:15:57 PM  
1 vote:
That's what I want for my community, volunteer people with no legal authority, driving around looking for criminals.
2013-12-13 02:57:02 PM  
1 vote:
Yea, I mean it's great that graffiti and petty vandalism are down 80%, but can they explain the 900% increase in heavy-sack beatings?
2013-12-13 02:30:09 PM  
1 vote:

edmo: So who volunteers for this? Old retired people? Seems a shame that these aren't real jobs for real people with real bills to pay.

We do it in Memphis/Shelby County. Most of the people who do it are there because they want to be hired on full time with the department, and have to work at least 24 hours a month. The department, unless presented with a pretty heavily qualified outside candidate, tends to almost exclusively recruit it's paid officers from the reserve volunteers. The others are people who have retired or work other jobs outside law enforcement, but were once cops themselves and wanted to stay in the position.

The Reserve deputies in our area get the same training the paid cops do - including State compliant POST training and certification, and the ability to buy into the county health/vision/dental insurance (which is pretty tits, and attracts a lot of LE and non-LE (Rescue and Special Services - the people who check on the elderly/disabled) volunteers). Interestingly enough, they're held to a higher behavioral standard in practice, as well, than the paid guys.

It's a pretty cost effective, successful program. IIRC, it saved the department 15 million dollars on the patrol side alone last year, not to count the millions saved during special events such as Memphis in May and the Fair.
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