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Cottageville gets first batch of reserve cops

Cottageville Police Department just received its’ first-ever class of certified reserve officers. Shown left to right: Cottageville Mayor Tim Grimsley with new reserve officers James Wilson, Mike Long, Justin Ayer, Travis Balkom, and CPD Chief M. Long, Jr.

The small town of Cottageville just grew its local police force by four men, a first-time feat for the town through the creation of its new reserve program.

Town residents willing to be a reserve graduated on Sunday night. They first had to complete 169 hours of training, successfully earn shooting and driving certificates, become skilled in the art of defensive tactics and learn how to carry a Taser weapon. The four new reserve officers are James Wilson, Mike Long, Justin Ayer and Travis Balkom.

“They are really great guys willing to be a part of our department, and protect and serve our town. And they are free,” said Cottageville Police Chief Charles M. Long, Jr.

According to Long, the new reserve officers have full arrest powers. They do drive their own vehicles, but can be easily recognized by the public: Long says they are all required to wear police-mandated uniforms and will have a CPD badge on their shirts. “You will know who they are,” he said, reassuring the public that they won’t be pulled over or fined by residents in “civilian” clothing.

Reserve officers are still required to work for the town while being paired with a full-time Cottageville police officer, said Long. Once additional training is complete, the reserve officers can then be assigned a town patrol car and can work solo – as long as they are in “radio distance” of a fully-certified officer, he said.

“I’m very proud of the group of men we have,” he said. “Our town’s police force just grew.”

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