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.
scottydoesntknow: 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?
edmo: So who volunteers for this?
ChipNASA: [i.imgur.com image 640x411]
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.And I'm sure the paid officers appreciate the comment about complaining.
Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: I wonder what liability insurance costs for a volunteer police squad. Can't be pretty.
cgraves67: My town has a group of volunteer police officers who do things like crowd control at football games and the town festival. They are mostly retired officers who help out. They were activated when the tornado came through and we need to keep all the world's shiatstains from coming in to gawk at the damage and loot.It would be odd to rely on a volunteer force more heavily though. That would make me uneasy.
ZAZ: In my area we have volunteer "auxiliary police" who can't arrest people. They do crowd control and watch out for suspicious people.
fallingblox: sounds familiar ...
Some Coke Drinking Guy: 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.
ZAZ: Barry Lyndon's Annuity ChequeAround here they aren't supposed to shoot people so they should be cheap to insure.
Vlad_the_Inaner: [i.imgur.com image 450x298]
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