Special Police Force May Come to an End

Corps of residents trained to assist police would be disbanded if ordinance approved.

A corps of trained residents who help bolster police during emergencies, as well as provide assistance with traffic duties, may be eliminated under an ordinance introduced at Tuesday's Township Commitee meeting.

The move comes after township officials reviewed the costs and benefits of keeping the special police.

"Due to the training requirements...and the number of times they are used, it isn't really cost efficient to have a special police program," Mayor Frank DelCore said.  

If approved after a public hearing Feb. 12, the special police would be disbanded.

Mayor DelCore noted the township recognized a number of special police officers for their service in the fall. 

S.G. January 09, 2013 at 02:51 PM
For many years Special Officers were constantly used, providing extra manpower at significant savings. Not that long ago they even had their own shifts, for example Saturday hunting patrols. As time passed the Specials were called less-and-less and regular officers took over more of the jobs traditionally covered by Specials. Times change and the Specials who were still active willingly attended training to remain updated The number of times they were used declined as they were offered fewer jobs - a Catch-22. They were a wasted resource. BTW, what is the cost-per-hour for a Special Officer versus a Regular Officer?
Mark January 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Alot of those jobs appeared to be traffic posts, where Police would have been better served being elsewhere and a special would be more than sufficient. If Police are beinbg offered these OT jobs are they getting the required amount of "down time" to unwind from the stresses of police work????
S.G. January 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Or could some of the jobs be split. For example, if a football game needs four officers, why not have two regular officers and two specials? How much would that save the BOE? Mark, your comment about "down time" is interesting. Is there a recommended or required limit on the number of hours per week that an officer may work?


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