Reserves bolster blue line

Nyssa Police Department ordinance and reserve officer Jim Maret switched careers to become a policeman.(Pat Caldwell/The Enterprise)

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

NYSSA – They are volunteers and they do not get paid but for Nyssa Police Chief Ray Rau, his reserve officers are a critical resource for protecting the public.

“Your officer safety and your citizen safety increases to where you can better handle something that comes up. We have had seven to nine officers on a scene in five minutes,” Rau said.

The Nyssa Police Department Reserve Office Program isn’t a new initiative in the Thunderegg Capital of the World but it gained added emphasis after Rau became the chief in 2012. The program allows Rau a degree of flexibility when he develops police coverage.

“It is wonderful. When I . . .