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Title: Utilizing Reserves: Getting the Most From Your Volunteers
Journal: Campus Law Enforcement Journal  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:May/June 2005  Pages:24-28
Author(s): Ross Wolf; Chuck Russo
Date Published: May 2005
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the many ways police reserves can be utilized and examines the effect of national accreditation on volunteer hiring and training.
Abstract: Tight budgets and challenges with police officer recruitment have led many police agencies to rely on their reserve officers to fulfill important duties within the agency. Reserves can be assigned a number of functions outside of the patrol duties that have typically been assigned to reserve officers. This article describes many nontraditional uses of reserves, including using reserves to complete internal affairs investigations and background investigations and to fulfill the role of internship coordinator or tactical officer. Reserve officers are also ideal candidates for fulfilling specialty road or patrol assignments. Some of the challenges of using reserve officers are also identified, such as the challenge of providing adequate training to reserves and the problem of possible reserve backlash when fulfilling police recruitment duties. Police agencies are encouraged to look at other agencies throughout the United States to gain more knowledge about the many functions these volunteer officers can fulfill. References
Main Term(s): Police department volunteers
Index Term(s): Police reserve training; Police staff management
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