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  • #31
    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post

    Hmmm thats pretty cool but i dont get why its a non sworn.
    A sworn officer is not needed in the position. Non sworn equals less pay, less training costs, less contract costs. My division are all RETIRED LE or Corrections who have our own "benefits" like insurance etc. We work On Call hours. We are a small agency and our division becomes a force multiplier by keeping the sworn deputies on the street instead of doing the scutt work that cops prefer not doing anyway

    Under Iowa law the sheriff can appoint people to help with the duties he is required to perform. He can also appoint people to do certain duties. (We can serve civil papers...even take people into custody) The sheriff hires only well trained retired officers for the job and he trusts us and backs us if we have to .......do something . We qualify along side the sworn officers on the same range / course and have the backing of the board of supervisors and the County Prosecutor .

    By using us to transport and provide security to the courthouse he saves the county a couple hundred thousand a year over having sworn deputies do the job. (Collective bargaining contract is ok with this) We had about 690 hours of transport time last calendar year ( I don't track courtroom time) @ roughly 1/2 the cost of a sworn officer.


    In July the sheriff appointed me to be a member of his Management Team ......still as a part timer. I coordinate all of the transports & court time & have authority to make decisions for our division.
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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    • #32
      It's similar in Colorado. All peace officers are "sworn" but not all are certified. They've done away with non-certified police officers in the past couple years, but non-certified sheriff's deputies are still a thing for two reasons:

      1. Anyone who gets certified will go to another department and work the road. Denver SO has an entire academy that doesn't produce POST certified officers. By law those non-certified deputies have the same powers as a certified deputy except they must be supervised by a certified deputy (supervision over a radio is fine) and they aren't peace officers off duty... but most get used for court and jail security. Few if any have non-certified working the road anymore.

      2. The Colorado Constitution provides that each county will have a sheriff and allows the Sheriff to appoint deputies. As a Constitutionally mandated elected official interference in the Sheriff's function and execution of his office is still taken very seriously in Colorado.

      So, since you can't find enough certifieds to work the jail and courthouse, and because of the constitution, non-certified sheriff's deputies still exist in Colorado.
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      • #33
        It seems like the question's already been answered, but I'll add in my experience.

        I attended academy in my mid-30s. I worked as a part-time police officer for over 15 years while working a private-sector job full-time. I finally decided to make police work my full-time occupation and became a genuine rookie officer in my 50s.

        So no, not too old.

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