Officers Called Up

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Officer Edward Rader, Jr. is on his way to pick up an unclaimed moped.

"It's been laying in this housing complex for weeks," says Rader. Little jobs like this may take a little longer to get to now that four Harrisonburg police officers have been called up for active duty.

"Sure it's going to put a strain on the police department," said Rader. "But, you know what? It's called a team concept. Everybody works together at the task at hand until it's completed."

City Council has approved the four positions to be filled by new officers. But Col. Don Harper says it's just not the same. "You lose four. You hire four," said Harper. "It's really a year before you can get those four trained to where you can really reap the benefits of them being here."

The officers called up will be gone for at least a year. But Harper says they're making adjustments to keep up with the extra workload.

"It makes you more reactive, than proactive. We're doing what we can to stay proactive," added Harper.

As for Rader, he wishes he could be helping his fellow officers. He was in the military for more than 20-years. Now he looks forward to their safe return.

"I pray for them. I hope they do well so they can come back here and be back on the streets helping out the city of Harrisonburg," said Rader.

When the reservists do return, they will still have their jobs. City Council will just have to figure out how to pay for four new positions.


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