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Volunteer Police in the United States

Programs, Challenges, and Legal Aspects

Bartels, Elizabeth C.

2014, VIII, 44 p.

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  • ​Addresses the role of and challenges for volunteer policing units
  • Provides historical and legal overview including
  • Stand Your Ground and Good Samaritan laws
  • Explores international cases of volunteer police programs to provide recommendations and best practices
​This work examines in-depth the phenomenon of volunteer policing in the United States. Due to a combination of municipal budget cuts, decreased manpower, and a renewed interest in community partnership, everyday citizens are increasingly joining the police rank and file. This trend provides low-cost solutions for a number of policing problems, but also brings its own special challenges and considerations. This work provides a historical overview of volunteer police in the United States and abroad; an practical overview of volunteer programs throughout the United States including training programs, requirements and qualifications; a close examination of two central types of laws governing volunteer police units: the "Stand Your Ground" law and the "Good Samaritan" law; and overview of the dangers that can face volunteer police units, and a comparative analysis with volunteer programs worldwide. It will be of interest to researchers in police studies, criminal justice administration, and for policymakers and practitioners working with police organization and training. 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » "Good Samaritan" Law - "Stand Your Ground" Laws - Police Studies - Police Training and Organization - Volunteer Law Enforcement - Volunteer Policing

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics

Table of contents 

​History.- Overview of Volunteer Programs.- Laws Governing Volunteer Police.- Dangers Facing Volunteer Police Units.- International Comparison.

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