Monday, 5 November 2007 - 5:50 AM EST
As a NYC A/PO and someone who has researched these programs, this is what I believe we need:
To start, full time deputization as special patrolman, that gives us peace officer status on and off duty, corrections officers, parks enforcement officer, CUNY campus safety officers all have it. The commissioner has the power to do this now. I'm personally in favor of the same training NYC correction officers have, (as a starting point) because they have firearms training, it only takes 47hrs. we can get vouchers from the city to get schooled, or the Department can train us in groups like with the RMP certification. At that point, we are peace officers with firearms. Not the 1000 hrs of training regular officers go through, but at least we can be sworn officers with that much protection, and under a "pilot program" to test it out. NYC can mandate, that Employers who employ Auxiliary Officers not penalize said officers absence from work, if they are to be in court, to testify, or back up a summons they issued. In return, they may get some tax incentive for hiring A/PO's. Officers who have full time firearm carry rights can all get great jobs working private security most companies pay 20+ an hour to people who have unrestricted carry rights, such as police officers, corrections officers, and other NYS peace officers with firearms training.
NYS standard to be Sworn as a Police Officer is somewhere between 500-635 hrs. They can start looking into a way to get us there... but Full time peace officer/ MOS status, is a great start and requires only 135 hours of training --piece of cake
Another thing, APBA has a nice informative website, but it doesn't seem like they do enough to protect us, or get us help, they haven't made the news at all or challenged the city to do something like I propose here. if they aren't going to step up and back us up, then maybe we need a new union that will. Full time officers have several unions they can choose from, granted some of them require a certain rank, but at least they have choices. I have been looking into forming a new union-- I actually currently have no clue how to do it, but I'm great at doing research, and I'll figure it out. I would like to talk to some of the people at APBA and see what is up with them.
that website has some great information and ideas, but I still think it's not enough.