December 21, 1994

Opinion questioning if a reserve police officer, who has successfully completed training requirements defined by statute, could be assigned at the discretion of the Chief of Police to patrol within the police department’s jurisdiction in a police vehicle, but without having to ride with a regular officer. Also, the opinion addresses the authority a reserve police officer has while en route to duty with the police department or returning home after working if in a privately owned vehicle, should he/she observe the commission of a crime.

Requested by: Chief James Chad Caldwell, City of North Charleston Police Department

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