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Questions Raised About Volunteer Auxiliary Officers Used By Police Around State


A new report is raising questions about the widespread use of volunteer auxiliary officers by police departments around the state.

 

The Chicago Tribune reports that the state agency which oversees the use of auxiliary units acknowledges that its record-keeping is incomplete, making it impossible to determine how many of the 1,000 armed volunteers have received proper training.

 

27 county sheriff’s departments around the state… including Sangamon County… have such volunteer units, which provide assistance with traffic and crowd control.

 

That frees up full sworn officers to concentrate on other priorities.

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