Central Volunteer Police Officers

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 11:16pm

There’s a new crop of officers ready to get to work in Central. As Emily Turner explains, they may be new to Central but they’re not new to law enforcement. Most of them have been retired for years, just itching to put a uniform back on.

The City of Central is the state’s newest incorporated city, it’s home to nearly 30,000 people and Police Chief Doug Browning says he’s committed to keeping them all safe. “It’s a community that really believes in helping.”

There’s no better example than his first batch of officers, a corp. of volunteers boasting 20 plus years of experience each. Chief Browning says, “This is the experience we need to get this off the ground.”

Gene Cobb has held a badge since the early 70’s. He’s been retired for four years now, but jumped at the chance to put on a uniform again. Cobb says, “I live in Central and I want to donate my time to Central.”

Browning says his office operates under a mere $70,000 budget, but with the help of surplus vehicles and radios from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department, now Browning will have five more sets of eyes making sure Central stays safe.

The equipment is n, the reserves are ready, and so citizens of Central can expect to see Officer Cobb and his partners patrolling the streets by the weekend. Chief Browning says this reserve unit is the city’s first step towards a full police department.