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I am currently attending Boston College and I am 19 years old. I am interested in getting involved in one of the reserve/auxiliary departments around here. So far I have heard about Belmont, Waltham, and Cambridge. What powers do reserve officers that work for these towns have? DO they function as normal police officers, or are they stuck doing the grunt work? WHat are these departments standings on carrying under the badge while being under 21?

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Hey Ray...

I can only speak for my Auxiliary Department... but I think most will fall under these same guidelines.

21 is the minimum age for an Auxiliary Officer since you must be 21 to obtain your LTC. Although when on duty we have full police powers, at the discretion of our superior officer on at the time, when off duty we are just civilans... so we must maintain a class A LTC.

In Wayland the Auxiliary Officers are utilized as back ups for the regular department... we assist as much as requested by the shift Sgt etc... we're lucky in this respect that we patrol and actually serve the town... I know of some Aux departments that yes... all they are able to do is grunt work... this you'll find will vary from dept to dept.... Some that I know of don't even allow their Auxiliary's to carry while on the road.... personally I'm all set with that one...

So if you do find an Aux. Department that will take you at 19... plan not to carry...

Hope that helps...
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So then I should jsut wait until I am 21? WHat about all these posts about "carrying under the badge." DOes this apply to any apartments in the chestnut hill area?
 

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Ray,

See if you can get sponsored through a local department to go to the Basic Reserve Academy. In my present reserve academy class there is a kid who is a senior in HS going through this process. This should be a great first step for you if you wish to pursue a career in LE.

There are a few other kids in my class who are not 21 yet and they will be carrying under the badge; from what they have told me, they will have to sign their gun out everytime they work.

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As LeadDog said... I believe that would only apply to sworn personel... Auxiliary Officers are not sworn in...
 

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Tucker,

Like DArancio56 said, try to get a Department to Sponser you. My suggestion to your would be to talk to a higher ranking Officer at Boston College PD as they can sponser you if they're willing.

The cost of the Reserve Academy is about $300.

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You can't carry on the badge in Massachusetts any longer. C41 S98 does not apply after Herr Attorney General Reilly changed the law back in 1998.

Some cops who had past A&B's on their records were denied a permit to carry and tried the "Carry Under The Badge " rule but were denied. They were forcibly retired because of it.

One Franklin cop got into a fight with his brother when he was 17 and had a CWOF for a A&B and was forcibly retired after serving the town faithfully for over 25 years! Sounds fair huh??

I hate to sound sour, but try another field guys. Become a part-timer or a Reserve & if you like it, stick with it. Take another job and do this on the side. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. The job, with all it's flaws & it's plus side, ain't what it used to be.
 

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Can someone give me guidance on becoming a part-timer. I am somewhat worried about the training? I am a full-time student and don't know if i could fit it into my schedule. How many hours is the training for a sworn in part time officer?
 

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The last guy from my department that went to the part time academy went for I think 16 or 20 wks, Saturdays 8-4 roughly and it cost 460$.. so if you've got saturdays then you can do it.. I have heard that some pt acads. run 3 times a wk two nights and a saturday but don't quote me on it I over heard in passing conversation. A chief has got to sponsor you, but you may have to pay if your not hired there.

http://www.state.ma.us/cjtc/

MCJTC (Mass Criminal Justice Training Council) website, there you should be able to find out when the acads run etc...
 

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Tucker, I can't think of any departments surrounding Boston that hire part-timers (PO's). Usually only smaller departments hire PT Officers... and the departments around Boston (Chestnut Hill) are large. For the time being (once you complete your training) you might want to consider Picking up a PT Dispatcher Job at one of the Colleges or towns. Or a GOOD Private Security Company (If they even exist anymore) that have Special Police Officers for Housing Developments and whatnot.
 

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I don't mind traveling if thats waht i have to do. What's the closest area surrouding chestnut hill that will hire part-timers? Does anyone else have any other suggestions?
 

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Honestly, go out and try finding your own, do some research of the surrounding towns and make a list of which you would like to work for, then call them up and ask if they hire PT/Aux officers. When they ask why or how you found out you can say what you did, show initiative and you are dedicated rather than "oh I heard from ___ who heard from ____ who heard from ___ that you may hire Aux" I will be doing the same myself next week when I am done collecting phone numbers.
 

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It won't be a problem that i am only 19 if I am going for PT right
Not to be repetative... but if you cannot carry under the badge anymore... and cannot legal obtain an LTC... then I don't see how you could become a sworn P/T officer...

The dispatcher idea someone mentioned seems a good alternative... or an unarmed Aux. position....

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Does Boston College PD offer any student security programs ? / some schools have student security patrols (Westfield State). They offer escorts and extra security during major events. I think it would be great for the resume down the road and you might gain some contacts in the LE field. The best part is you can earn some $$$$ because for the most part AUX don't get paid :(
 

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Tucker,

Do you understand the difference between a part-time officer and an auxiliary officer? It seems that you may be confused. An auxiliary position is strictly voluntary. The duties are designated by the department that particular aux program is affiliated with. A part-time officer, is a sworn officer (meaning he has been sworn in, typically by a town official, to up hold the U.S. constitution and that of the commonwealth, etc.) An auxiliary officer is just added man-power, helping out with added patrols around the town, checking schools, businesses, etc. The part-time officer usually works 16 hours a week and is compensated for it, and has the same powers as a full-timer. Don't know if that helped at all, hope so!!

-Alana
 
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