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Cloverdale implements reserve police program

Monday, December 22, 2008

CLOVERDALE -- Residents of Cloverdale have seen an increase in police patrol in the area, thanks to a reserve program implemented by the police department in the summer of 2008.

With money always being in short supply, small towns like Cloverdale must make the best use of their resources.

Terry Puffer, who acts as the liaison on behalf of the department, calls the program "very beneficial from a cost standpoint."

He says the reserve officers are volunteers with a minimum of 40 hours of pre-basic training. Anthony Gregory, a sergeant with the Marion County Sheriff's Department, is among other professional police officers from surrounding departments who donate their time and talents to training for reserves.

"Our goal was to create a reserve program with the best training around and everything has fallen into place," Puffer said.

These 13 volunteer officers help with the more than 2,300 calls the police department receives each year, making routine traffic stops, drunk driving enforcement and a preliminary assessment of a crime scene.

With on-the-job training, reserves are given an opportunity to apply for open positions at the department.

Puffer says the program has cut down the amount of turnover as well.

The police department currently employs two full-time officers and Town Marshall Donald Pearson.

In 1986, Pearson began his law enforcement career as a reserve officer. He worked as an officer at DePauw University, Brooklyn and Greencastle. He was also county coroner.

In addition to their main responsibilities, reserve officers will donate their time during special events to help provide an increased police presents.


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I think you mean presence?

-- Posted by Nick | Nack on Sun, Dec 21, 2008, at 11:10 PM

Why Cloverdale hass WAY WAY WAY to many cops and they are not out patrolling they are at Chicag's pizza for hours while there cars are running....Come on Cloverdale i am a resident of Cloverdale and this is stupid why don't you do something besides hire people to find kid's doing bad thing....Why dont you build something to keep the kids out of trouble...Do some more work to the CLoverdale park maybe add something new for all ages instead A slide and A swing!!!!!!!!

Cloverdale is a joke PERIOD!!!!lol hiring more cops are you sure mr. President Bush isn't behind any of this?

Thanks

merrry x-mas

-- Posted by Buck_Hunter_2008 on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 12:08 AM

Uhhhh read the article before you comment. It says they are volunteer. Therefore they aren't "hiring cops" as you put it. It says the town marshall and 2 deputies are all that is paid

-- Posted by quitcherbitchin on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 2:50 PM

I myself am a resident of Cloverdale. I think the program is a great thing because it increases the amount of officers on the street at little cost to the tax payors. As far as being at Chicago's Pizza,cops are allowed to eat also. My family feels safe living here knowing the Cloverdale Officers are out, serving and protecting the community. GREAT job to all the CPD Officers!!! Merry Christmas to you and your families.

-- Posted by what_it's_worth on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 3:11 PM

what its worth is right, cops have to eat. As far as Chicago's, all the cops like to meet there- state, county and local.

I think it sends a message to criminals that I-70 wouldn't be much of an escape route with cops parked that close.

Wow buck_ambusher, please, don't thank me,,, where are you coming from? The towm is spending less on the Police department, and the park committee is always accepting donations and ideas to improve the park. It is not up to the town to give kids something to do, and anything you build/buy/obtain for kids, gets trashed by the same kids it is provided for.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 9:03 PM

The reserve Police go thru the same calls as regular "paid" Police Officers..in other words their out there potentially putting their lives on the line. FOR NO PAY I MIGHT ADD. People like you, BUCK are very entertaining..you want to complain but may I ask..what have you done, personally, to contribute to the cause? Probably what youre doing...complaining. I doubt you even attended any meetings concerning the park or have forwarded any suggestions. Complaining is easy, right?

and yes I know what Im talking about..I started as a reserve and then moved up to a regular paid officer years ago. Retired now. These volunteers should be commended not complained upon. Its a very good program.

-- Posted by formerhick on Tue, Dec 23, 2008, at 10:37 AM


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