Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Partnership to Help Army Reserve, D.C. Police Share Same Talent Pool

They are trying something new in DC that I hope they try in all the states, if it is successful. What are they trying? They are combining their talents, instead of competing for new recruits, to give their new recruits the option of joining the other man's reserve unit! I think this is wonderful. If someone joins the Army Reserves, they could also get a job as a police officer, and vise versa.

Cathy Lanier (seated, left), chief of the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia, and Army Maj. Gen. Peter Cook from the Army Reserve sign a partnership agreement to collaborate on recruiting during a July 14, 2008, ceremony. Looking on, left, are Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Thomas Hall and Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie, the top Army Reserve noncommissioned officer. Defense Dept. photo by Donna MilesThis picture is one of the ceremony where they are signing the agreement between them.
Army 1st Sgt. Ryan Ervin of the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Md., also an MPDC officer, said the Metropolitan Police Department and Army Reserve both stand to benefit from sharing the professional, career-minded and goal-oriented recruits each attracts. Army experience gives police recruits an ability to think on their feet, work within a command structure and show flexibility when it’s needed, he said.

Meanwhile, Stultz said, civilian police experience brings strong negotiating, interrogation and crime scene investigation skills to the Army Reserve.
This also helps to defeat that attitude of when you hire a Reservist, there will be a drain on your system. Not at all. This way, you can see it as a value-added to your force.

The police are not the only ones who are seeing the benefits this will bring to their forces, there are other businesses who are looking at this program with interest. It would be wonderful to hire someone who knows how to organize, remain above reproach, and get the job done. This is good for our reservists, so they may be able to find a job in their skill set a lot easier. I sure hope it hope it helps all of our reservists soon! Have a great day.

PS. I apologize for being late with this article. I thought yesterday was Tuesday. D'oh!

Source: Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him.

Cross-posted @ Talon and Rosemary's News and Ideas.

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