1st Edition

Police Reserves and Volunteers Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness and Public Trust

Edited By James F. Albrecht Copyright 2017
    350 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Reductions in police department funding have raised the importance of volunteers in enhancing organizational performance, improving community trust and confidence, and at times accomplishing basic tasks to maintain public safety and security. During a period when police administrators are asked to do more with less, and to engage in smarter, community-oriented policing, citizen volunteers are an invaluable resource. Police Reserves and Volunteers is an invaluable primer for those looking to understand the benefits and challenges involved in the use of the volunteers within global law enforcement agencies.

    Using cases from a range of specialists and precincts, this edited volume provides a rare window into police administration from the state legislation that regulates police reserves in California to the local models observed in many counties and cities across the United States. Police Reserves and Volunteers offers volunteers, local elected officials, and law enforcement straightforward guidelines to enhance police goals and build public trust in local communities.

    Part 1: Introduction


    Chapter One: Introduction: The Obvious Need for Volunteers in Policy

    James F. Albrecht

    Chapter Two: Volunteers in Policing in the USA

    Robert Hanser, Mkay Bonner and Mark Johnson

    Chapter Three: The Rewards and Challenges of Using Volunteers in Policing

    Benjamin Dobrin, Adam Dobrin and April Christman

    Part 2: Police Volunteer Programs in the USA

    Chapter Four: Police Auxiliaries in Framingham, Massachusetts

    Marc Spigel

    Chapter Five: An Abundance of Auxiliary Police and Volunteer Personnel in the NYPD

    James F. Albrecht

    Chapter Six: The Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary

    Steven Sheffer

    Chapter Seven: The Portsmouth (Virginia) Police Department Auxiliary Unit

    Ron Hyman

    Chapter Eight: Civic Volunteerism in Orange County, Florida: Sworn Police Reserves in a Metropolitan Sheriff’s Office

    Ross Wolf

    Chapter Nine: Police Volunteers Can Effectively Impact Mass Casualty Incidents: The Aurora (Colorado) Police Department Faced the Challenge

    James F. Albrecht

    Chapter Ten: "Doing More with Less" – The Professional Model of the Los Angeles Police Department

    Mkay Bonner, Mark Johnson and Robert Hanser

    Chapter Eleven: Volunteering and Law Enforcement in the Carson City (Nevada) Sheriff’s Office

    Colleen Morin and Robert Morin

    Part 3: Police Volunteer Programs: Global Perspectives

    Chapter Twelve: Auxiliary and Reserve Constables in Canada: Sixty Years of Community Service

    Rick Parent

    Chapter Thirteen: The Auxiliary Police in Hungary

    Pal Kardos and Bea Szoke

    Chapter Fourteen: Using Police Reserves to support the South African Police Service

    Christiaan Bezuidenhout

    Chapter Fifteen: The Reserve Police Force in the Netherlands

    Paula Torn and Ronald Verbiest

    Chapter Sixteen: Effectively using Police Volunteers in the "Little Red Dot" – Singapore

    Wayne Koo and Desmond Tan

    Chapter Seventeen: Volunteer Policing in Israel

    Charles Lieberman

    Chapter Eighteen: A ‘Special’ Kind of Policing: Volunteer Policing in England and Wales

    Carol Borland-Jones & Ross Wolf

    Part 4: Police Volunteers and Other Deployment Options

    Chapter Nineteen: The Police Community Service Officer in the United Kingdom: A Midpoint between Career and Volunteer Officers

    Annette Crisp

    Chapter Twenty: Part-Time and Reserve Law Enforcement: the Texas Experience

    Nate Moran and Robert Hanser

    Chapter Twenty-One: The NYPD’s Retiree Mobilization Plan: Keeping Retired Officers Active

    Theresa Tobin

    Part 5: Personal Reflection and Insight

    Chapter Twenty- Two: The Enchanting and Captivating Story of an Essex (UK) Special Constable

    George Cook

    Part 6: Using Volunteers in Other Government Organizations

    Chapter Twenty-Three: Using Volunteers in the Correctional System

    Francis Olive III

    Chapter Twenty-Four: Federal Government Volunteers: the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

    Theresa Tobin

    Chapter Twenty-Five: Volunteers in American Firefighting

    Charles Jennings

    Chapter Twenty-Six: Volunteers in Emergency Medical Service in the United States

    John S. Young

    Part 7: Conclusion

    Chapter Twenty-Seven: Using Volunteers in Policing: Final Thoughts and Recommendations

    James F. Albrecht


    James "Jimmy" F. Albrecht is a professor of criminal justice and homeland security at Pace University in New York City. Professor Albrecht has 25 years of front-line law enforcement experience, and had previously held a number of executive positions including police chief of criminal investigations in the joint European Union/U.S. (EULEX) Police in Kosovo (former Yugoslavia). He retired as NYPD captain and regional commander after serving 22 years, which included direct response to the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice at the University of New Haven (Connecticut).