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  • sgtnewby
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    Originally posted by SpecialAgentKC View Post
    "Conservator of the Peace" status does not exist in Washington State law. I've held "special police" commissions at several agencies for which I've worked. "Special Police" can mean various things. You can commission a volunteer to enforce disabled parking stall violations or you can commission someone with full police powers to enforce the laws of the state (reserve police officer) or anything in between.
    Reserves in MN cannot be commissioned with full police powers. They can however, enforce non-moving and non-criminal laws and city ordinances.

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  • sgtnewby
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    Originally posted by OccamsRazor View Post
    I know there are some guys at Hanford that are private security, that do have 'special' commissions, I met one on a tour a few years ago.

    I used to hold (A LONG TIME AGO) a special commission here in WA, but it was also a security position for the state. I just checked, and that position doesn't even exist anymore. I am OLD

    Maybe you coud change jobs within your company? Try this one:

    http://www.wsihq.com/careers_nevada.asp

    If I didn't listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast AM so much, I might have a shot...

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  • SEO_09
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    Originally posted by SpecialAgentKC View Post
    SEO 09: Perhaps I misunderstood. I believe he was wondering if there was the functional equivalent of the VA system in WA. I surmise he was looking at VA as a comparison and contrasting that to what may or may not exist here in the Evergreen State. Take care. --K.
    That would make sence. I don't know of too many other places that have fully sworn private police like in VA, there is of course the Company Police system in NC, but that is as close as I know of. There is nothing in MA.

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  • SpecialAgentKC
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    Virginia....

    SEO 09: Perhaps I misunderstood. I believe he was wondering if there was the functional equivalent of the VA system in WA. I surmise he was looking at VA as a comparison and contrasting that to what may or may not exist here in the Evergreen State. Take care. --K.

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  • SEO_09
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    "I am looking at Virginia."

    If you need info about the Virginia Conservator of the Peace certification PM me and I can give you a heads up. I am currently an SCOP out of the Hampton Roads Area.

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  • SpecialAgentKC
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    Cotp

    "Conservator of the Peace" status does not exist in Washington State law. I've held "special police" commissions at several agencies for which I've worked. "Special Police" can mean various things. You can commission a volunteer to enforce disabled parking stall violations or you can commission someone with full police powers to enforce the laws of the state (reserve police officer) or anything in between.

    Special Police Commissions are defined in Chapter 10.93 RCW. Any general authority agency can issue them--so, they're not limited to counties and cities. The Chief of the State Patrol could issue them if he so chose and essentially does for Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Officers (very limited powers), but, do not have reserve troopers. State Deputy Fire Marshals can also hold a commission--but they currently don't. Department of Fish and Wildlife had, but discontinued, their reserve program.

    Typically security police assignments, such as watershed inspectors and the like, hold special commissions from their city's police departments. They also may carry a water pollution special police officer commission (which is actually a limited peace officer commission granted by the mayor) which authorizes enforcement within and without a city's boundaries on city property.

    Aside from reserve police assignments, I've held a special police commission as the Highline College police chief, as the Bremerton watershed inspector and as a local County fire/arson investigator. Highline College currently holds no police authority (save the limited grant of authority relative to parking and traffic regulation). Port of Tacoma has the authority to issue their own commissions or to hold Tacoma Police Department special police commissions. They choose to do neither at present.

    Tacoma Police commissions the road use compliance officers and other enforcement positions not located within the department. As for Seattle City Center emergency services unit and some of the other commission eligible positions (such as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers) they typically aren't limited to parking enforcement. Auburn School District police officers carry special police commissions from the city. Highline Public Schools (where I also work) and Tacoma Public Schools, who employ some armed patrol personnel do not. Spokane (unarmed) has some specially commissioned school security officers.

    At places such as Pacific Lutheran University, where the Campus Safety Supervisors carry a special deputy sheriff commission, they are indeed limited to parking enforcement authority. Their director is a supervisory PCSO deputy (presently a sergeant, to my understanding) on contract and they use deputies to patrol around the school and Campus Safety actively works campus proper.

    Notwithstanding the excellent railroad police example, the federal government routinely commissions private security personnel. You'll see this example frequently on military and naval posts such as Bangor (security police are contract folks) and at federal courthouses. Court Security Officers are typically AKAL Security, RAM Security, DynCorp or the like and they are commissioned and armed special deputy U.S. Marshals while on duty. As for Hanford Patrol, I believe they have a mix of personnel responsible for their security program. They bulk of them work for a private entity (to my understanding) and carry a federal commission. They are not all federal employees.

    Private security was frequently commissioned in Washington State many years ago, however, liability concerns became the controlling factor together with the inception of security guard regulation. The closest thing you'll find to "conservator" status is the authority of certain cemetery personnel to enforce the law (to include making lawful arrests) within a reasonable radius of their property. I hope some of my insight helps.... --K.
    Last edited by SpecialAgentKC; 10-06-2007, 12:33 PM.

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  • jakeslife
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    Our company does some work at the Port of Seattle and lots of stuff for a major airline at SeaTac airport.

    Our officers also used to be Deputy Sheriffs, commissioned by the county about 25-30 years ago. The rusted badges are hanging in our lobby to prove it. LOL

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    FYI, in case you're interested, the police academy in Burien is hosting a CJ job fair tomorrow, 1300-1600.

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  • Lawson
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    I am looking at Virginia.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    Heh. Up here, alot of the local private college's job description for "campus public safety officer" is identical to that of a police officer. Public colleges get sworn law enforcement officers, but not why you think: The AFL-CIO successfully sued a state college, when the WI Dept. of Justice mandated that their "campus security guards" be fully sworn law enforcement officers. The reason for this, the case law goes, is that they had the same mission as a law enforcement officer, worked for the state, were commissioned as "special deputies" in some cases, and were required to enforce public law.


    Sounds like a cop to me, right? So, they were required to be POST certified. The AFL-CIO sued, as the guards were union, stating that it was unfair that the guards required POST to keep their jobs, as only 2 had POST. The State required to send them to POST.

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  • Mr. Security
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    Originally posted by Sampson
    Very interesting subject there. Check this story out! Many years ago, Highline was in un-incorporated King County. From what I understand, they felt they needed to have some sort of police presence on campus, so they assumed the title of Police Officer. This included badges, patches, and patrol cars with police markings and emergency lighting (most colleges use red or red/blue because they have statutory authority to control traffic). This went on until just a few years ago (well after the college was annexed into the city of Des Moines).

    I remember asking them about how they could use the title of Police Officer. they told me it was just like any other job title (like Janitor). They were not commissioned and had the same authority as Campus Security Officers at the other State colleges.

    It appears that the State job description for Campus Police Officers and Campus Security Officers is identical with the exception of a required police academy. So, to circumvent this, Highline would send their officers to a reserve academy to satisfy the job description. Good pay too!

    Here is something stranger. I vaguely remember that Tacoma PD used to issue licenses to individuals who wanted to work as private police officers at a fixed location (security dressed up like a police officer). These were individuals who wore a police uniform, but had no affiliation with the city and no commission of any sort. I guess it was more of a visual deterrent for businesses.
    Just when I thought I had heard it all.....

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    Originally posted by Sampson
    Yes. Highline, Tacoma, and Everett community colleges had an academy. I believe T.C.C. still does. South Seattle used to have a corrections academy.
    Don't forget Renton Vo-Tech...I took theirs sometime in the last century (!), dunno if it's still in operation though.

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  • Sampson
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    Originally posted by wilrobnson
    Yeah, didn't they run a reserve academy there as well?
    Yes. Highline, Tacoma, and Everett community colleges had an academy. I believe T.C.C. still does. South Seattle used to have a corrections academy.

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    Originally posted by Sampson
    It appears that the State job description for Campus Police Officers and Campus Security Officers is identical with the exception of a required police academy. So, to circumvent this, Highline would send their officers to a reserve academy to satisfy the job description. Good pay too!
    Yeah, didn't they run a reserve academy there as well?

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  • Sampson
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    Originally posted by wilrobnson
    Didn't Highline Community College have it's own PD awhile back?
    Very interesting subject there. Check this story out! Many years ago, Highline was in un-incorporated King County. From what I understand, they felt they needed to have some sort of police presence on campus, so they assumed the title of Police Officer. This included badges, patches, and patrol cars with police markings and emergency lighting (most colleges use red or red/blue because they have statutory authority to control traffic). This went on until just a few years ago (well after the college was annexed into the city of Des Moines).

    I remember asking them about how they could use the title of Police Officer. they told me it was just like any other job title (like Janitor). They were not commissioned and had the same authority as Campus Security Officers at the other State colleges.

    It appears that the State job description for Campus Police Officers and Campus Security Officers is identical with the exception of a required police academy. So, to circumvent this, Highline would send their officers to a reserve academy to satisfy the job description. Good pay too!

    Here is something stranger. I vaguely remember that Tacoma PD used to issue licenses to individuals who wanted to work as private police officers at a fixed location (security dressed up like a police officer). These were individuals who wore a police uniform, but had no affiliation with the city and no commission of any sort. I guess it was more of a visual deterrent for businesses.

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