Art Femister is the president and founder of the National Association Citizens On Patrol, a Citizen Corp Partner dedicated to supporting law enforcement volunteers and coordinators with emphasis on citizen patrol organizations. His position provides him with a unique insight to both volunteers and coordinators alike. In addition, Mr. Femister travels the nation each month conducting two-day workshops titled ?How to Recruit, Manage, Reward and Retain Law Enforcement Volunteers? through the Public Safety Volunteer Institute, which he founded in 2003. To date, members of hundreds of agencies from throughout the nation have attended these workshops, providing him with further insight to the needs of volunteers, coordinators and agencies. Mr. Femister has appeared on TV, newspapers, and radio and continues to volunteer each month with a California sheriff?s department. Mr. Femister is a member of ASLET, AVA International and the National Criminal
Considering how small Israel is in size, population and a modest sized full time military strength of only 176,500 men and women, it almost defies logic to think how it has defended itself so well over the years.
Based on the statistics of one civilian volunteer per year killed in the line of duty, volunteers are ten times more likely to be killed in a car accident while driving to a police station to volunteer than actually volunteering on the streets.
Mutual aid agreements for members of law enforcement have been around since the early days of town marshals. However, when it comes to mutual aid agreements for the use of "other than" sworn officers, it's far more the exception than the rule when...