Retired Cops Being Asked To Come Out Of Retirement Due To Pandemic

Sandy Malone

St. Louis County Police has notified retired police officers that their services will be needed in the coming weeks.

Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Police Department is preparing for the now-inevitable coronavirus outbreak by asking retired officers to come back and work through the emergency.

KSDK obtained a memo that said St. Louis police were going to use officers who have retired within the last 10 years to beef up staffing as more members of the first responder community are exposed or become ill.

The police department is in the process of assembling the call-back list for officers they plan to ask to come out of retirement on an "emergency part-time intermittent basis."

The retired officers who come back to assist will be doing administrative tasks like answering precinct phones, completing reports after telephone-only investigations, and dealing with the onslaught of information request calls, KSDK reported.

But using retirees to fill administrative rolls, department officials can put every able-bodied, active duty sworn officer onto the streets as needed.

The memo went out in an email to about 100 former St. Louis police officers who have retired in the past 10 years, according to KSDK.

It doesn’t appear anyone vetted the recipient list before hitting send as current St. Louis County Councilman Tim Fitch, newly-sworn St. Charles County Police Chief Kurt Frisz, and BackStoppers Executive Director Ron Batelle all received the memo asking them to come back and help the police force.

The memo said that retirees who have current firearms certifications will be paid $25 per hour on top of their pensions, KSDK reported.

Retired officers whose firearms training has lapsed are still welcome to come back and help at the rate of $20 per hour.

The St. Louis County Police Department wouldn’t comment specifically on their plans for utilizing the newly recruited retiree force, KSDK reported.

"The St. Louis County Police Department is evaluating what resources it has at its disposal to ensure it is agile enough to provide superior service in an evolving situation," St. Louis County Police Sergeant Ben Granda said.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The memo said that retirees who have current firearms certifications will be paid $25 per hour on top of their pensions, KSDK reported.

Retired officers whose firearms training has lapsed are still welcome to come back and help at the rate of $20 per hour.

Goodness grief, that's ridiculous. I swear that LEOs are not paid enough for risking their lives and dealing with all kinds of scum. Maybe they should consider this money-making opportunity instead...

I bet you that criminals are getting a reprieve all over the nation as a result of this scare. My jury duty was cancelled.

[Conspiracy theory mode on] Just wait until LEOs and other first responders are instructed not to enter any "red zones" where the infection rate is highly active. It would result in lawlessness, and any criminals would have free reign, particularly any criminals that already had the virus and are immune.

Democrats are really enjoying this panic. They are going to have lots more people who are reliant upon the government to care for. They will make half-filled promises to anyone with work hours cut, laid off workers, etc.

Democrats are delighted about this non-emergency being propelled by all US and global media. People are learning only the government can help you. More importantly, Trump's most significant accomplishment is the improvement to the economy, and they are very happy to see everything tank. In reality, for most people, the virus is less threatening than the flu.

[Conspiracy theory mode off] I am hopeful that the virus is seasonal, and with warm weather coming, it will greatly diminish.

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Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

I agree with your views. Before seeing them, however, my main response to this article was "that's pretty cool" and "that sounds like a good book."

RmdGRD
RmdGRD

Just a note of interest, they put out before that if you get this virus, it's not like previous cases, you CAN get the virus again. Your system does NOT become immune with this virus.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Being that most retirees are over age 50 which seems to be the core demographic that this virus kills, I don't think it's worth the risk

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Can't the police just work from home like everyone else?

(that's a joke, and a thanks to LEOs)

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If a policeman dies of COVID19, then is it a line of duty death, like when a policeman who responded to 9/11 dies?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US


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