Civilians handle minor duties for strapped police – Departments under budget burdens hire outside help

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Date: March 31st, 2008

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Facing tighter budgets, law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly turning to civilians to respond to some calls that sworn officers and deputies are usually responsible for.
That means people calling 911 to report a traffic accident, a burglarized home or a stolen car may be greeted by a civilian in a polo shirt instead of a gun-toting officer.
“It hasn’t been universally adopted throughout the country. But most areas have at least thought about the alternative and are more open to it now because of the economy,” said Richard Brady, president of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Matrix Consulting Group that has worked with more than 250 law enforcement agencies. More… Discount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoNutty News MarketplacePaul Fredrick Men Style
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