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Everyday citizen officers take to the streets

April 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A special law enforcement unit of everyday citizens hit the streets Saturday night in Hollywood.The citizen cops are reserve officers who have gone through the police academy.

They come from all walks of life, with the same mission: fight crime.

The Reserve Officers Crime Suppression Unit is comprised of more than two dozen average citizens from all professions.

Saturday's Hollywood deployment comes at a time when the surrounding community is facing a surge in violence. The reserve officers main focus is on graffiti and prostitution, however.

For most officers, they wear their uniform only part-time; day jobs range from lawyers and doctors to PR specialists.

Reserve officers in the Crime Suppression Unit have the same training and authority as normal officers. The only difference is that they work just 16 hours per month for just $50.

Some officers have been on the reserve force for up to 15 years. Supervisors say the Reserve Officers Crime Suppression Unit is another tool in the ongoing effort to stop crime and keep people safe.

The Hollywood division is the first of its kind in the area, but reserve officers may soon be on patrol in other cities as well.

 

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