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Volunteers sought to report crime

The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for volunteers to don a uniform and become the “eyes and ears” of the department in high-traffic areas such as the Strip and Fremont Street.

The new program is hoped to create a few hundred Reserve Patrol Services Representatives, men and women who won’t carry a weapon but will report crimes in progress.

“The sheriff, since he’s become sheriff, has gotten a lot of inquiries from people wanting to be reserve officers, wanting to do more,” Assistant Sheriff Ray Flynn said.

The department used to have an actual corps of reserve police officers years ago, but the department did away with the program because of liability concerns and the extensive training required, Flynn said.

Under the new program, the volunteers will not carry a weapon and not confront crimes in progress. Instead, they will have access to a two-way radio to contact dispatchers about those crimes.

They also will be expected to develop rapport with business owners on their beats, help with conducting traffic control and help fill out some crime reports.

The uniformed volunteers, after undergoing 84 hours of training and a field training segment with a patrol officer, will be deployed to crowded areas that might include sporting events and public parks. Twenty volunteer hours each month are required to maintain the position.

Applications are being accepted and end on July 31. Applicants will have to pass a background check.

“We hope that they’re representative of the community,” Flynn said. “They have to be over the age of 21, no felony convictions, a drive to serve their community as well as personal characteristics –friendly, outgoing, caring and compassionate. Both genders, every race.”

More details can be found on the department’s Web site at lvmpd.com.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440.

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