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3225_541527388055_44403931_31987246_224403_n_max50

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Posted over 3 years ago

 

I work in Texas. In Texas, Reserves, have just as much power and what not as fulltimers. Here recently (within the last year) we've been told that we are required to work 2man. I call it being baby sat by my fulltimers. I have been through the FTO process and passed it with good marks. I have not made any mistakes or any administration problems. infact i've been given nothing but high marks on my yearly reviews. so what im' asking is if this has happened to anyone else? or does your state require you to ride 2 man? I am frustrated with what's going on but i really don't want to go to anther PD for reserve. I am still doing what is asked but just wondering what's it's like in other pd's around the US.

Patch2_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

The small department I work for tries to have 8-12 Reserves.  At this time the only ones that can ride solo are the Sgt. who is in charge or the Reserves and the two Cpls, so it would be 3 out of the 8.   If you hire in you are on probation for one year or 100 hours riding. Then the Patrol Lt and Reserve Sgt  can cut you lose to ride solo. Here in Arkansas we have the same powers as a full-time.  The only thing that may limit it is your department policy.

White_shirt_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

Two person units are fine with me. Your back up is with you when it hits the fan. I am impressed that you have never made any mistakes also. I have never met an officer who has never made a mistake.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

By no Mistakes I'm talking about nothing that would make someone forced to ride two man. of course I've made mistakes, but nothing that would require me to get remedial training or under close supervision.

Silver_warrior_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

From the way you wrote this it sounds like when you started, and after getting off of the FTO/Probation period, you were allowed to work alone until just this last year.  I also question that as a reserve, are you getting paid to do the work and if so, is it as much as a full timer?  I ask because different reserve programs work differently.  Also, if you are getting paid, then would you not be considered a "part-timer"?


A possibility that I can see is that one, or more, of the full timers may have raised a stink about the reserves getting to work times that would have been overtime for them and they missed out.  They complain in such a way as that they could cause problems for management and so management agrees to a different "working arrangement".

White_shirt_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

That may be the upper brass way of letting reserve personnel know whom they work for. The way I view it is you have two options. Leave or stay.

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Rate This | Posted about 3 years ago

 

I don't think it's anything to do with anyone knowing who's in charge. I've always followed the rules and done what they ask. I've never bumped the system.


 


as for the other reply, Yes i was. For a long time. In Texas reserves are not to make any money while working as a Police Officer. and i'm not under any contract. There hasnt' been any overtime disputes. Infact i'm such a crap magnet, I sometimes create over time so they all want me to ride with them lol. The fulltimers like me and like the fact i'm riding with them. I've even worked events that would not be over time for them, so they can catch a break. I also take all the calls they don't want.  I don't think it's any complaints From fulltimers.


 


I don't mind riding two man some of the time. I think we all can agree, All Officers Police in their own way. Infact me and my best friend used to ride all the time untill he went to a different department. It is nice having my only back up right there, but we are a small town, so we are always very close to each other. It just seemed odd to me that all of a sudden this pops up.

Rcsd04_max600_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

 The dept I work for here in SC allows us to patrol solo once we get to a Senior Reserve Deputy rank and complete the FTO program and test. But for those that have not completed the FTO program ride double with a full time deputy, unless they have completed the driving course and training and they are paired up two or more in the vehicle. The sheriff also has to approve any solo patrols. I know some depts that only want their reserves to ride double with a road deputy answering calls for service and thats it. 


I do love the opening up that engine on the crown vic!!!


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....