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Developing a Modernized Reserve Unit: Civil Liability Considerations

By Christopher L. McFarlin, J.D., Criminal Justice
Police agencies must consider the potential liability of having reserve officers who are undertrained, insufficiently equipped, or poorly screened. Some police agencies create a substantial contrast between their reserve officers and their full-time officers. It is essential for administrators to understand that the courts do not make this distinction when assessing liability. With no effective distinction in the views of the law or the public, agencies must hold their reserves to the same level of scrutiny as regular officers when hiring, terminating, training, and developing them.

Putting Experience to Work: The Value of a Formal Mentoring Program

Law enforcement agencies around the country have gotten smarter about who they hire and how they nurture individuals throughout their careers. One tool that has been proven to meet both goals is the development of formal mentoring programs for officers. Such programs can help increase the retention of new officers, help develop healthier officers, and improve agency morale. Learn how the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) built its mentoring program, how it uses mentoring in its recruiting efforts, and how its program has helped lower officer discipline rates by 40 percent.