I just moved into my town, and I am tossing around the idea of perhaps becoming a reserve PD officer. It's unpaid volunteer, which doesn't bother me, and the chief only requires reserves to train to Level II, he says this is to prevent cutting into, and jeopardizing, the civilian job because of PD work, which makes sense to me. The required training would be 16 hours of duty per month, plus 4-8 hours of training.
My main dilemma right now is that I'm already in the Guard, which requires the standard two days a month, plus deployments, and I will soon (hopefully) be doing an additional one day a week flying. My better half is understandably less than enthusiastic about the idea, mainly because she's worried I might get hurt, and partly because of time considerations.
I will already have my CCW permit, and I figure I should be able to help out the PD a bit, not just stand around with my thumb up my ass, and wait for them to do everything. I don't want to play Dirty Harry, but I don't want to have to just stand back and watch a robbery happen in front of me, and do nothing about it because my permit restrictions won't allow me to. I could try and make a citizen's arrest (if I don't get laughed out of the room), but if someone even saw my gun, I could risk losing my permit, because it wasn't an "immediate threat to life or limb."
I'm looking for anybody who is or was a reserve officer, and any thoughts on the issue. Would being a reserve officer just be a hassle, or is it worth the time and effort? And I mean a hassle in terms of paperwork, politics, etc., not the time and training involved. How are reserve officers usually handled, are they treated and assigned like regular officers, or are they assigned to the crap details that nobody else wants? Thanks.