Renewed push to hire reserve BRPD officers
BATON ROUGE - There's a renewed effort to add reserve officers back to the Baton Rouge Police force.
The police department is currently in talks with the Metro Council to secure money for training. Plans are in the works to hire 15 reserve officers next year, and increase that number to 30.
"We feel it will be a benefit to us as well as the community," said department spokesperson Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.
Officers patrolling the streets of Baton Rouge go through about 800 hours of training before they get their badges. Reserve officers would receive about 360 hours of training.
Baton Rouge Police had reserve officers for many decades, until the program was dismantled several years ago.
"The guys didn't have proper training they needed so the chief at the time assessed the reserve division and tried to make a change," McKneely said.
Cynthia Holmes lives in the Southdowns neighborhood. She welcomes anything that would add extra uniformed men and women to the streets of Baton Rouge.
"This area has that charm," Holmes said. "That's why we love it, and would like to do anything to keep the neighborhood strong and a viable one."
The reserve officers would be unpaid, but elligible for extra duty and future opportunities in the department. The Metro Council has to approve money for training before any of that happens.