Five new Bossier City Police Department reserve officers were sworn into the ranks during a ceremony that took place this evening, September 23, 2016 at the Bossier City Public Safety Training Complex, 5850 Shed Road.
The new reserve police officers are Patrick Boling, Chad Kelley, Joshua Ramirez, William Twomey, and Colin Willoughby.
Chief Shane McWilliams issued the oaths of office to each new reserve officer marking the completion of their training in the Bossier City Police Department's Reserve Officers Academy which began in July. The training encompassed three night sessions per week with additional sessions taking place on multiple Saturdays covering such areas as arrest procedure, traffic stops, report writing, firearms qualification and survival tactics, among others.
Bossier City reserve police officers are members of the community who serve on a volunteer basis and have the same arresting authority as regular Bossier City police officers. They are trained and equipped to supplement and provide professional assistance to the patrol division during emergencies and special events. Reserve officers are also qualified to ride patrol, thus enabling the police department to put addition staffing on the streets at a minimal cost since reserve officers volunteer their services.
Left to right: Colin Willoughby, Chad Kelley, Patrick Boling, Chief Shane McWilliams, William Twomey and Joshua Ramirez.