POLICE RESERVE CORPS - A PROPOSAL FOR THE ORGANIZATION OF A LARGE POLICE RESERVE FORCE.
The attack in New York City has resulted in the mobilization of all emergency service agencies. The active law
enforcement personnel will very likely need a large reserve of retired law enforcement personnel to call upon to release the active personnel for critical duties.
In the event of more attacks in New York City
and to provide added security for the citizens of this City, there is an obvious NEED to form a POLICE RESERVE CORPS
The POLICE RESERVE CORPS would be comprised
of able-bodied retirees of the NYPD, TRANSIT, HOUSING, and CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENTS.
A database of members of these NYC Departments is readily available for those organizing the POLICE RESERVE CORPS. Those
called for service would have IDENTITY CARDS for identification.
The advantages of such a POLICE RESERVE CORPS:
UNITY OF COMMAND can be readily established by using those who have previous Command
experience. Retirees who held the rank of Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Detective, and Police Officer, as well as those who were civilian employees such as PAA, SPAA, can immediately structure the POLICE RESERVE
CORPS along the same organization structure as the NYPD.
The NYPD could provide LIAISON between the NYPD and the POLICE RESERVE CORPS. Those who become activated should be given PEACE OFFICER STATUS in the STATE OF NEW YORK during this crisis. Those who receive the peace
officer status should be indemnified by the STATE OF NEW YORK for police action taken during the crisis. The POLICE RESERVE CORPS would be under the Command and Control of the NYPD.
The members of the CORPS who would be granted Peace Officer Status MUST:
- be physically able to perform duties of PEACE OFFICERS
- be currently licensed to carry FIREARMS
- have current NYPD ID Cards with photo preferably the computerized / digitized images
- take an OATH OF ALLEGIANCE to the United States of America and to the STATE OF NEW YORK
THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 40,000 RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE NYPD.
THE PENSION SECTION OF THE NYPD CAN READILY ASCERTAIN THEIR LOCATION, WHETHER THEY ARE LICENSED TO CARRY FIREARMS.
Edward D. Reuss
Captain, NYPD (retired)
NY Cop Online Magazine