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Bloomfield Police Department Beginning Talks for Reserve Program

A Reserve Program is in talks at the Bloomfield Police Department to show prospective officers the ropes of the job and to potentially save the city money.
A Reserve Program is in talks at the Bloomfield Police Department to show prospective officers the ropes of the job and to potentially save the city money.(KYOU)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 6:00 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Bloomfield Police Department is beginning the process of implementing a police reserve unit. It plans to ready propsective officers who could have an interest in working full time.

The idea was proposed by Bloomfield Police Chief Shawn Armstrong and discussed at last week’s city council meeting. Reserves will train with the department and receive a uniform, but will have limited hours each week, so they can work full time jobs. However, their responsibilities on the job will reflect full time officers'. The reserve plan won’t cost taxpayers any more than the cost of a uniform and work hours. But the Chief compared that number to an officer last year who when through training and quit after a month. His bill ran to $21,000.

Chief Armstrong says the plan could also show prospective officers how the job is before making the full time commitment. “I think it’d give them a well-rounded look at everything that we do, not just what they see on televison, with all the different pressures. They could decide for themselvse after a while, and maybe they wouldn’t be interested in it.”

The Chief plans to work with a council to solidify plans by winter.

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