Exeter Police to hire reserve officer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Marion Jacobson, Exeter police chief, monitors traffic as school lets out in Exeter. Jacobson said he hopes to hire a reserve officer to work 20 hours per month, possibly covering the school crosswalk on occasion. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Chief hopes to have new hire work 20 hours per month

Exeter Police Chief Marion Jacobson is on the hunt for a reserve officer to hire for 20 hours per month with the department.

Jacobson was approved to make the hire in February, and he said he already has one applicant, and he's hoping for more.

"I've been approved to get a non-paid reserve officer that we will provide with continuing education hours," he said. "The new person will do 40 hours of training with me and then probably work night or weekend shifts."

The open position requires applicants to be certified through the state, and it would add a second officer in the city, as Jacobson is the lone man on patrols.

"The point behind this is to get more patrols on nights and weekends," he said. "When the new person works will be up to them and depend on their work schedule."

Jacobson said the new hire will not change his hours, but may offer him the opportunity to have an officer on patrol if he must take time off.

"I may need an afternoon off here or there on those rare occasions, so it will be nice to have someone who can cover the school crosswalk, because the people here find that very important," he said. "And, I will be very selective in the hiring process."

Jacobson said he hopes to have someone hired this month.

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