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The Flip Side: Why Some Reserves Hate Cops

The Flip Side: Why Some Reserves Hate Cops

Last month’s Reserve Power for Officer.com, “Why Some Cops Hate Reserves,” was among the most read columns.  I was inundated with emails (some rather lengthy) which underscored that the topic hit a nerve with both reservists and their full-time counterparts.  This month’s column explores the flip side: why some reserves hate the full-time officers they assist. So often we hear of full-time officers who disdain reserves within their agency.  Clearly, that struck a chord with this column’s … Read entire article »

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Why Some Cops Hate Reserves: A Crack in the Police Family

Why Some Cops Hate Reserves: A Crack in the Police Family

We’ve all heard the names at one time or another: “rent-a-cop,” “wannabe,” “2.5,” as well as a host of other derogatory terms. There has long been a sense of friction between reserve and full-time officers in many departments. That animosity rises to the level of hate and is more pronounced in certain regions of the country. This “Reserve Power” column examines why such negativity abounds. Some of the negativity is just downright mean-spirited and emanates unreasonably … Read entire article »

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The Ultimate Sacrifice: Line of Duty Deaths Underscore Police Reserve Officers’ Service

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Line of Duty Deaths Underscore Police Reserve Officers’ Service

Reserve Officer Russell Simpson was part of a group of officials in Bandon, Oregon, attempting to rescue a thirteen-year-old boy from the ocean surf. The 51-year-old had served as a reserve for four years with the small, but close-knit Bandon Police Department. The teen, along with others swept into the currents, were rescued on that fateful December day in 2003. All that is except for Simpson. Simpson was a retired firefighter with the Los Angeles … Read entire article »

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Credence & Credibility: Police Reserve Officers Increase Law Enforcement Professionalism

Credence & Credibility: Training, selection standards, and liability still top the list of concerns about police and sheriff’s reserve officers.  Increased professionalism, however, has brought increased respect. Captain Mark Neeley is part of a dynamic nationwide movement.  As president of the Alabama Sheriffs Reserve Association, his goal is to ensure that training in his state becomes the backbone of an effective and responsible deployment of reserves. “The days of a sheriff (or police chief) handing a good old boy a gun and a badge are over.  Reserves are involved in a serious activity, which can have serious consequences if they are ill-trained or poorly screened,” opined Neeley, who works full-time as a personnel director for a steel company.  He added that, executed correctly, reserve employees accrue many positive benefits for their agencies and … Read entire article »

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Police Job Jumpstart: Police Reserves Stand Out

Police Job Jumpstart: Police Reserves Stand Out

We’ve all seen this or maybe you are living it yourself.  The endless nightmare of answering job announcements for police officer, deputy sheriff, or state trooper positions only to find you didn’t make the cut.  You took written tests, physical agility tests, went to oral boards, and so on. So what can you do to get that coveted thumbs up on your quest to become a police officer?  How do you get past all the hurdles?  … Read entire article »

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Why Police Reserves Are So Important

Why Police Reserves Are So Important

So why does service as a reserve or auxiliary police officer make sense for the individual, law enforcement entities, and the community?  What could possibly be the justification for putting people in harm’s way often for strangers?  Why would they go though that POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS in the picture to the left?  Really, why would someone cross over that protective police crime scene line? Times are tough.  Reserves help fiscally strapped governments do more … Read entire article »

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