Good way for the town to make a few bucks. I interviewed with the selectmen in the mid 90's. They only interviewed about eight candidates. I was the only one with sworn experience and academy. The Executive Secretary and one Swansea Sgt. were in my corner. Guess what?
Others out here will tell you they got a good idea who's already in.
Guess it can't hurt to take a test and spend some $$. It's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Yea, i don't think I will be testing. I'm looking for a FT, sworn position, not reserve. I just found out that another dept I applied for in VT, Barre City had less than 20 applicants for two FT spots. They are a pretty busy town with about 10,000 residents. I most likley will have a roster spot with VSP for the summer academy but my chances are good with Barre too since I will have a AS degree in May. An AS degree in VT is like having a Master's in MA! :lol:
Swansea Reserve Police Officers are sworn personnel. They will be hiring many reserve officers to bulk up the currently depleted list. You must be a reserve officer to be appointed full-time. The new chief has expanded the patrol force by 7 patrolmen in the last 16 months and has plans to further strengthen the department within the next few months.
Also, unlike in years past, the process has turned into a "hire based upon your qualifications process" rather than who you may know. It is a tough/expensive process to go through, but it is worth it.
I have always found Swansea PD to be a good dept. that treats their Reserve Officers well. I have known a few people who were Reserve Officers there and they all enjoyed the experience. Their Chief is committed to moving the dept. from a typical small town PD (all politics) to a professional agency.
Swansea is a great place to work as long as the town has money. The Chief had to add so many people recently because so many left a few years ago when the town almost went bankrupt. It is not a bad place to work and you will gain a great deal of experience. It is an excellent stepping stone to bigger and better things. But if you want to be a successful reserve their make sure you play nice with the union boys they are the true poor behind the thrown.
Well its better than an auxillary spot which pays nothing. I would be doing it for the experience and opportunity to get a FT gig, not for the $$. I would imagine the reserves don't work all that often??? I have two other jobs so i would survive.