I figured I'd ask this question because I would really value advice from any Police Officers out there. I asked my local police chief to sponsor me for the next Reserve/Intermittent academy in Reading. The chief said that he would sponsor me if I cover the cost myself, but also advised me that his department does not currently use reserve officers. I guess my dilemma is that I could go to the academy, but I wouldn't have a job when I got out. Do you think I should take advantage of his offer to sponsor me? Do you think another department might be open to hiring me down the road if they see I've graduated from the reserve academy?