TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – They work behind the scenes, but they are a much needed part of any law enforcement agency.
On the streets, Tuscumbia police officers depend on their fellow patrolman to watch their back.
But there’s another slot open in the passenger seat for an eager volunteer who wants to ride as a reserve police officer.
“They go through a lot of the training, the in-service training with our people so they’re aware of what the laws are and the procedures. And then again they use the toil age from the seasoned experienced officer they work along-side to help them do their job,” stated Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan.
He said they have eight openings for reserve officers within the department to be filled.
Not only do the volunteers ride along with officers, they also help with larger city events when crowd control and security is needed.
Logan says they’ve used several retired officers in the past, but at the same time, it’s a great opportunity for a college student.
“I was at UNA majoring in criminal justice when I became a reserve here, and so that’s a good way to get their foot in the door and they can find out maybe this is something I want to do as a career or maybe it’s something I don’t want to do as a career,” Logan explained.
There is a cost though, reserves must provide their own uniforms, gun, and other tools they may need.
Officers say that price can rise to about $2,000.
If you are interested in the Tuscumbia Police Department reserve program, you can contact them directly or we follow this link to help with the application process.