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NYPD POLICE AUXILIARY POLICE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
I just read the 2001 article you have posted by
Bennett Mormino about instituting an armed reserve officer program for NYPD. In light of the Greenwich Village shooting of two unarmed NYPD Auxiliary officers last night, do you think this program might be considered?
Scott A. Noris
Dallas (TX) Police Department Reserve Battalion
Thanks for your response to NY Cop Online Magazine, www.nycop.com
First, you should be aware of the fact that this magazine is not an official website of the NYPD.
The official site of the NYPD is at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/home.html
The Police Reserves Program proposal by Ret Sgt Ben Mormino http://www.nycop.com/Jan_02/Police_Reserves_Program/body_police_reserves_program .html is a well-thought out police reserve idea. So far, the Police Reserve Program
has not moved beyond the proposal stage.
I also called for a Police Reserve force
composed of retired police officers http://www.nycop.com/Sept__01/Message_from_the_Publisher_of_/body_message_from_
The need for such a reserve force would seem obvious as the War on Terror continues to worsen.
If a campaign of terror comes to our shores, we will indeed need such a force. The medical community
has developed a medical reserve force of retired members who were doctors, nurses, and EMS personnel in such an event.
NYPD has recently initiated what has been named THE RETIREE MOBILIZATION PLAN (RMP)
There are almost 40,000 retired uniformed members of the NYPD. The RMP Program has begun to organize and train retired volunteers.
The retired police officers
of all ranks and skills have been attending Orientation and Mock Mobilization training sessions.
The NYPD Auxiliary Police Officers, APO Nicholas T. Pekearo and APO
who were killed in the line of duty last night were unarmed uniformed volunteers who serve as "the eyes and ears" of the NYPD. During my career with the NYPD, I always feared for the safety of the Auxiliary Police because they patrolled in uniform without firearms.
I have not doubt that the NYC Mayor and City Council will be considering many proposals in reaction to the murder of these Auxiliary Police Officers. Whether
a true armed police reserve is in the cards is a good question.
Edward D. Reuss
Captain, NYPD (Retired)