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Hiram may have volunteer police officers in near future
by Adam Elrod
March 06, 2013 08:59 AM | 1202 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The residents of Hiram soon may see more police patrolling the city without having to pay them.

The Hiram City Council discussed creating a Reserve Officers Program at the Feb. 26 work session.

The program will allow the city to hire officers as volunteers who have certification in Georgia, said Chief of Police Gary Yandura.

“It is a win for the city and for the reserve officers,” Yandura said.

The reserve officers could be retired officers or those who no longer work in law enforcement but want to keep their certification, he explained.

Hiram could use these officers for event control, accompanying other officers, as backup officers or any other way they are needed, Yandura said.

“They are extra arms and ears for the department,” he said.

The only cost associated with the officers will be paying for their uniforms, firearms and vest, which will total around $2,000 per officer, Yandura said.

Post 1 Councilman Pep Rollins said the cost is reasonable because the officer is working without pay.

“I see it as an asset, really,” Rollins said.

The police will be required to work at least 30 hours every three months, Yandura said.

He said he plans to begin with two to four reserve officers. Currently, there are currently about four candidates interested in filling the positions.

“I want to start off small,” he said.

If approved at this week’s council meeting Yandura plans to start advertising the positions, he said last week.

Rollins said he sees this as a positive for the city and does not know of any negatives.

“It’s a win-win situation for the city,” Rollins said.

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