Bishop Police Chief Standridge Proposes A “Grow Your Own From Within” Plan To City Council

 

Bishop Police Chief Rick Standridge has realized filling openings in the department isn’t as easy as it may look. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in the Eastern Sierra?

Living here isn’t the issue, Standridge explained at last week’s Bishop City Council meeting. What is? There’s competition from larger agencies for a shrinking pool of experienced law enforcement personnel. And then there’s housing and the cost of what little is currently available on the East Side.

Standridge’s solution is to grow his own, starting with his request to Council for a Community Service Officer position. The job is a non-sworn position and, once filled, the CSO would go through Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST). In a nutshell: the CSO, a non-sworn position, would free-up sworn officers for more pressing tasks.

The Department’s example of duties include the following:

  • Patrols the city, assisting motorists or citizens, vehicle and city ordinance citations, parking enforcement

  • Takes reports helps with collection of evidentiary material, makes referrals to community resources

  • Investigates assigned cases

  • Books, searches and photographs prisoners

  • Testifies in court on chain of evidence matters

  • Performs central reception duties

The request and related costs will be considered during the next budget cycle.

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Blob
Blob
9 months ago

One would think that with the number of officers leaving the anti-police politics of the large cities you would be fighting off applicants. I have spent some time dealing with police officers when I was working and found that most of the new hires from out of town really want… Read more »

Thomas
Thomas
9 months ago

The LAPD uses various categories of citizen Volunteers for most of these functions. Citizen Patrol uses specially marked cars to patrol neighborhoods, watch homes of citizens on vacation, and enforce parking restrictions. Special surveillance volunteer groups are trained to assist with stake-outs and perimeters around shopping malls. Detective Assistant Volunteers… Read more »

JQP
JQP
9 months ago

Yay for parking control! I am so tired of trailers taking up street parking for months if not years and vehicles that have flat tires and expired registration littering the streets.

I shouldn’t get too excited though, I’ve heard this song before…

Man From Mono
Man From Mono
9 months ago

Mammoth Lakes PD has always had CSOs. This is a very good move by the Chief. The CSO will be able to free up Officers for Patrol, Investigations and other duties that only sworn officers can do.