CHADRON – The Chadron City Council has approved creating a Law Enforcement Reserve Force and having Chadron State College security head Mark Hunt the first reserve officer.
Police Chief Tim Lordino told the council that with 4 current vacancies and the likelihood that filling them will be a long and difficult process, it would be a big help having reserve officers who could help out during special events when the need for officers is the greatest.
Lordino said he doesn’t expect to use a reserve officer more than about 100 hours a year and expects the state to end such programs in the next few years over some of the same type of policing concerns that have followed the Black Lives Matter protests.
Hunt has law enforcement experience, but must still go a modified version of the certification process at the State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island required of all officers in the state.
Lordino says the modified version is short, but he’s not sure how much shorter than the standard 19-week course.