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Civilians tapped for police duties; Critics charge trend lowers standards
Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of
duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an unusual concession to local budget cuts.
The positions -- some paid and others volunteer -- are transforming everyday citizens into
crime-scene investigators, evidence gatherers and photographers in what some analysts suggest
is a striking new trend in American policing.
Hiring family or friends can be boon or bust; Communication is key to protect your
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump did it. So did entrepreneur Mike Repole and nutritionist Oz Garcia.
Though the businesses they run are dramatically different, all have entered the same, often
treacherous arena of hiring friends or family to help grow their firms. Real estate mogul Trump
brought children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric on as executive vice presidents of development and
acquisition. Repole tapped pals from his native Queens to work at his various business ventures,
including soft-drink maker Glaceau, snack-food company Pirate Brands and restaurant chain
Energy Kitchen. Garcia asked his brother and friends to help him run his wellness company.
Immigrant advocates get local; Groups give legal advice, monitor police raids
As the prospect of Congress passing an overhaul of immigration law wanes, immigration
advocacy groups are shifting their sights from the U.S. Capitol and focusing on their local
communities. They are forming neighborhood committees to help legal and illegal immigrants
navigate deportation proceedings and learn English. They lobby local police and government
officials to resist harsh enforcement and warn neighbors of immigration raids. "The new front of
progress is definitely at the local level," says Stephen Fotopulos, executive director of the
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
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