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First Metro Reserve Officer On The Job

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Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are finally getting some extra feet on the street - they come in the form of Reserve Officers - part of a new program City Council gave the Department permission to start a few weeks ago. The first of the new officers hit the streets in the past week.

Pete Leopold worked as a police officer for nearly thirty years before retiring just last month. He couldn't stay away long though - and was back in uniform Wednesday - working security for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. He may be wearing the same uniform - but his perspective is all new...the chance to do some good on a volunteer basis. Golf is a way many retirees while away the hours after years of working hard...but one recent retiree in attendance at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf on Wednesday - was there to work - just as he has in years past. "There's a lot you miss about it you know - twenty-nine years, you miss the people you know - you miss the work and I knew that this would be a great way for me to kind of stay in the loop you know - even though I was gone," says Pete Leopold.

Leopold had only been "gone" from Metro's Police force for a month before starting back to work as the first of the Department's Reserve Officers. He says, "There had been talk of the reserves several months before you know - I decided to retire and I started enquiring about it you know during that time because I knew I was not ready to leave." But he was ready to give up the daily stress and requirements. As a Reserve Officer he's only responsible for putting in 30 hours a quarter at the Department - keeping him in the loop - and giving Metro a boost in manpower. Officer Leopold says, "For the lack of a better word you know - I mean they get extra help for free - I mean we, we're experienced you know - we've done the job, and we don't have to be trained and you know - we're extra bodies that they can use during special events or whatever the case may be. Savannah has plenty of those - from the golf tournament to St. Patricks' Day, the Rock-n-Roll Marathon - and everything in between. Having an extra pool of officers - with experience - can be an invaluable asset in keeping you safe. "I would think that - depending on how many years they were here - they should be able to fall right back into it," says Leopold.

There's another benefit for the Reserve Officers - though they don't get paid for their 30 quarterly hours at Metro - they do become eligible to pick up extra security jobs for pay from private entities. Leopold says it's a good way to supplement his retirement. Officers who previously worked for Metro and left in good standing - are eligible to apply to be a Reserve Officer.

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