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Johns Creek considers citizen auxiliary police force
by Angela Spencer
August 28, 2012 07:45 PM | 1986 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Johns Creek Police Department, along with the mayor, city council and city manager, is exploring the idea of enlisting a citizen auxiliary police force intended to be the local eyes and ears for the police department and assist in duties such as traffic direction and crowd control.

The auxiliary force would not look like police officers but would have stripped down, repainted old police cars and would have a radio to use if something looked suspicious.

“They can’t make pull-overs or anything like that,” said Maj. John Clifton. “They’re just eyes and ears to go around neighborhoods and if they see anything suspicious they call for a police officer.”

These volunteers cannot carry a gun while on duty and may help with vacation watch programs for when people go out of town and want someone to check on their home.

Other duties may include traffic redirection for parades, races or accidents blocking traffic.

“They are going to have a basic uniform with a florescent vest and they’re going to be taught how to direct traffic,” said City Manager John Kachmar. “They will not vaguely look like a policeman.”

Mayor Mike Bodker said that conversations with police officers have shown the strain on the force comes from requests to monitor and help out at events such as races and parades.

“They don’t want to say no,” he said. “I think this gives us an opportunity to be good neighbors and have these kinds of events but put less strain on our police officers and at the end of the day I think that’s a really good thing because we want our officers to be the most fresh to deal with things they really have to deal with.”

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