Who’s behind the wheel of this Ford Crown Victoria “police car” from the northern Bay Area? Well, not a police officer, but a Community Service Officer (CSO). What’s that?
CSO’s provides technical police services in crime prevention, crime investigation, and crime response that do not require full police powers. CSOs typically are paid significantly less than sworn officers, allowing departments to field more people for the same amount of money.
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So, forget the police academy and all that pesky firearms training - you can become a CSO right out of high school (pretty much) in a town like Fremont.
Are CSO’s coming soon to the heart of the Bay Area? Only Time Will Tell.