I guess what I'm trying to say is that it doesn't really matter where you work, as long as you conduct yourself professionally and not like some para-military freak who thinks they just landed into a hot L-Z, and also remember it's just a job we all do to pay the bills...
That was put very well randy13, the most important thing is people in this field conducting themselves professionally
. Whether someone starts off as a dispatcher, special officer working just details, part-time/reserve officer working patrol, an SSPO/CPO, in corrections, or security bottom line is we all have to start somewhere. To echo what Gil elluded to, "you have to know your place in the food chain".
As a part-time or special officer in some departments (especially Worcester County and points west) the 120 HR MCJTC Reserve/Intermittent Academy is what many of the officers on smaller departments have, and they are vital to the department because they suppliment the full-time force, often working as the only one or two officers on a shift. I am fortunate enough to be a F/T officer, but like many others on this board started off as a dispatcher/special officer with the R/I academy.
E_Javi2, there is nothing wrong with stating your opinion, but I would just tread lightly about making general statements about specials or part-time officers without being more specific about what/who your referring to, just so there is no confusion (just my :2c
. There are many P/T Officers working the road in smaller towns or at colleges that are squared away, know what they are doing, stay educated/updated, and take pride in their job.