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Police Scrambing to Find Cops Willing to Work NFL Games

If the Miami Dolphins aren’t going to stand for the national anthem, Miami cops aren’t going to stand for their nonsense.

According to the Miami Herald, the number of off-duty police officers willing to work Sunday’s game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium was about a third less than usual, thanks to officers who declined the detail — apparently, they were telling the Dolphins to take care of their own security.

Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera said prior to the game that police presence would be “the minimal amount where they feel safe, but I don’t think they’re going to have the ideal amount.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department could only muster 270 officers, and  only got to that number by forcing off-duty officers to show up and paying them at an overtime rate. The department is usually able to get volunteers for the game, even though the voluntary pay isn’t as high. Only 175 officers volunteered for the off-duty work for Sunday’s game, according to the Washington Examiner.

Rivera said that an “ideal” number would be around 400 in a game featuring Sunday’s opponents, the New York Jets. Matchups between the divisional rivals apparently produce an inordinate number of fights and incidents that need to be handled by law enforcement.

“This whole movement started against police officers,” Rivera said. “And now it’s morphed into disrespecting the flag and the country.”

The first signs of trouble began brewing on Thursday, when radio host Andy Slater revealed that due to the continued national anthem protests of Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas, the department was scrambling to find officers to work the Sunday game.

Slater also obtained an email from Rivera, which read in part that, “Working the game, or not working the game, is a personal choice and has at the very least the same level of freedom these ‘entertainers’ claim to express. The irony of all this is that they disrespect the very officers that are there to protect them, the team owners and the property they own. But then again, hypocrisy seems to be rampant these days.”

“Public safety is the top priority of the Miami-Dade Police Department,” a spokesperson with the department said on Thursday. “We take great pride in coordinating off-regular duty police services for special events in Miami-Dade County and are working diligently on our operational plan for Sunday’s NFL game. Any shortfall in volunteer officers does not necessarily indicate that the game will result in less safety.  We are weighing alternate options with our law enforcement and security partners to accomplish the desired outcome.”

Perhaps there was no reason for worry in the first place: It seems that the fans thought just as highly about the Dolphins’ anthem shenanigans as the police officers did.

I guess it’s not just the officers who are offended.

 
source: https://conservativetribune.com


  • AndrewBuckmichael

    All they have to do is hire more private security. They will be getting security for a cheaper price and will be getting a higher class of people than the corrupt cops.

    • Bernie

      So in other words Andrew, a good leftist democrat like you want them hiring non-Union people.
      Got it….

    • Bernie

      Let me get this straight, Andrew.
      You want the government running your health care but not the government providing your security.
      Got it…..

    • Tom

      AndrewBuckmichael, next time you need protection, don’t call the police, call your so called private protection company, I’m tired of whiners like you, bad mouthing the police, it’s people like you and our illegitimate ex-President that have started the BLM group and racist blacks to start shooting and killing our policemen that protect our lives and property and then on top of all that you want to disarm America so the average citizen will be at the mercy of all these thugs that want to kill and rape anyone and everyone at their discretion. Your a complete loser, and you think that the police should be at the game providing protection at the games where these athletic millionaires are protesting the police in the first place, and direspecting our (now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want any of the attendees to get hurt either, but they should not attend these games either). National Anthem (which is honoring veterans that have risked life and limb defending our country, so that these direspectful athletes could get contracts that have made them millionaires) if these athletes want respect they should have joined the military and fought alongside these veterans that tbey are disrespecting and I know I’m guessing but if the truth be known, you probably are not a veteran either, your just a big mouth Democrat. Well just in case your wondering, I am a veteran, I was lucky and wasn’t wounded so I’m not upset because these disrespectful athletes are disrespecting me, but they are disrespecting my fellow veterans that have given all in some cases and become crippled in other situations.

      • Dealerdeb1

        Well said. AND? there are thousands of wonderful black military men and women who wouldn’t trade places with these thugs

    • EC

      Andrew, you have obviously not had any real encounters with the cheap private security that you describe. They’re much more poorly trained and less monitored than the police, and in most cases have a fraction of the skills and legal knowledge of police officers. And why do you think that they settle for the low paying jobs that they have rather than joining the local police force? Often it’s because they can’t cut it for any number of reasons. Reminds me of a certain recent mass shooter who was employed as a security guard before going off the deep end. So these people are a “higher class of people than the corrupt cops”? With all due respect, you don’t come across as too intelligent.

    • Dealerdeb1

      They can use their taxpayer dollars because they sure aren’t filling seats

    • Dealerdeb1

      Anyone who says law enforcement is corrupt has to be a thug or just stupid probably both

  • Joecolt

    Good to See the Blue take a Stand. Keep the Boycott up, and Hammer these Un-Americans

  • Leslie Bryant

    No police officer should be forced to perform protective detail for a National Felons team that disgraces and dishonors our vets, our anthem, our flag and our country domestically or internationally! Wish ALL police would say NO!!

  • apzzyk

    I am a 100% disabled vet, and I only wish that those who object to the players taking a knee would just contract their member of Congress and ask them to fully fund the VA Healthcare system – that would be a real action to support the vets. The appointment that I wanted to make with my primary care doctor for over 30 days with another 2 weeks to wait – that is how poor the VA healdthcare system really is. We in the Denver area have been waiting for almost 20 years to have our new VAMC finished and furnished, but no money for that today. Had to go to the Des Moines VAMC ER after hours and had to climb 2 flights of stairs – ear prroblem, but they should at least have wheel chair ramps like all other hospitals. I think that with little trouble I could find enough disabled vets to go to Mile High to take a knee each home game to fill the entire field. When I was on active duty 60 years ago I learned the meaning of the symbols were more important than just the symbols, and over the years have become aware that the symbols are still there, but the meaning has disappeared as tax cuts have become more important. Do you realize that all of the annual tax cuts in just the new tax plan would not fully fund the VA Healthcare system for a couple of years? Wish that the politicians would do their duties before taking off on something that is totally irrelevant. With the Cops, some are smarter than ottthers, so get the blue flu and stay home and away from my door when it comes to funding their chairity.

    • Grammaof4

      Thank you for your time in service!
      I absolutely agree that the VA Healthcare system sucks badly. I believe the politicians should be receiving the VA healthcare plan and our military should be receiving the elitist healthcare plan, paid in full for the vet’s entire lifetime.

      • apzzyk

        Thanks. I just wish that I was eligible for the Expanded Medicaid or that the VA would just pay for the Medicare that I have earned and the supplemental. Trump should have to drive at least 38 miles for his urgent medical needs and so should all of the rest of the budget cutters.

    • SeanM62

      Absolutely correct. Fund the VA!! Rethuglicans under-fund too many useful institutions, then blame the Dems for failures in these institutions – Ie, Benghazi, as well as the VA. The VA is just an example, but an important one!. Fund the VA at adequate levels!!!

      • apzzyk

        With Benghazi, that was policy not to put ANY US boots on the ground, but Congress saved the taxpayers money and did not appropriate enough to hire enough contractors. Last time I heard, Trump had not even appointed the official responsible for allocating guard staff for State – Sanders said not filling these crucial State Appointments was a part of draining the swamp. The policy of getting rid or domestic spending across the board and leaving the private sector to do everything at the same cost or even at their expense (without a profit) has been a total faliure. The UN Childrens Fund is now soliciting contributions from the public to fund recovery in Peurto Rico – and, at the same time Israel is still getting our foreign aid. The first and last times that the private sector used their tax cuts to actually build the means of production and increase the well paid work force was at the same time – NEVER. If you take all of the tax cuts just for the upper 10% over the past 37 years and add them up, you will get our national debt. The rate for admission to Rocky Mtn National Park will be $70 – it was $20, Someone needs to maintain those trails that my dad and the rest of the CCC boys built 80 years ago.

        • SeanM62

          Amen to that! Well said!!

      • Dealerdeb1

        It isn’t the money in the VA they get plenty is is abject mismanagement no matter who is in office. Foire those administrators with their Government protection.

  • Let the NFL contract out and pay for their own private security.

    Technically, if the NFL is not paying these police officers or reimbursing the city for the expense, then once again WE the taxpayers are paying for the security of these sissies who make millions playing a game.

    FACTS

    The NFL has been using the government for stadium subsidies, has enjoyed non-profit status as a corporation and so avoids tons of taxes, and is not paying for increased security at their own venues.

    Taxpayers pick up the tab while the crybabies make millions.

    • Dealerdeb1

      They’re big strong bullies let them take care of themselves.

    • Terry Butts

      One very annoying thing is one electric company donated at least a MILLION dollars to build one of these stadiums then CRIED to the state they needed to be allowed a rate increase on their customers to cover the cost of maintaining and repairing the power lines.

      And worse the government ignored the fact they just GAVE AWAY the money they were supposed to be using for that and allowed them the increase.

      • And I’ll bet that’s not an isolated incident, probably similar things at half or more of the other stadiums.

        • Terry Butts

          Most likely if we really dug into it we would probably find things like this have been going on for decades.

  • Dealerdeb1

    Do you blame them? They could be shot by the kneeler’s Homie friends leaving the stadium

    • SeanM62

      Get racist, huh?? Lots of Blacks serve in the military, or are you blind?

      • EC

        And lots of blacks are living the thug life and would think nothing of harming the authority – namely the police – that prevents them from making their own rules in society, OR ARE YOU F•••ING BLIND?

        • Dealerdeb1

          Libs ALWAYS use the race card never mind the very protest is HIGHLY racist against whites & authority. he’s blind and probably a twinkie

          • SeanM62

            Debbie, Debbie: You are the one who brought up “the homies” business, and thus, the race thing. That’s a white trash dog whistle for Blacks, or are you ignorant of that fact?

          • Dealerdeb1

            I really don’t give a rat’s ass about those spoiled brats Capisce`

        • SeanM62

          Lots of Whites are thugs, too. Who did the Las Vegas Massacre? Who shot up the church in Sutherland Springs? Oh, they look pretty pale to me. And then there is the Orange Peril who now disgraces the place in DC he calls “The Dump.” Still looks pale-faced to me.

          • Dealerdeb1

            So are you “IDENTIFYING” as a black these days?

      • Dealerdeb1

        not racist factual. The NFL has a whole lot of thugs. Wife beaters,carry guns to bars,etc.Disrespect Military,cops[isn’t that what their little knee thingy is all about] They hang with bad types. The Military men and women are honorable citizens and patriots.HUGE difference. Good neighbors, productive citizens., I wouldn’t want a NFL player as a friend. I DO have good neighbors who are Military,cops etc of all races. The NFL idiots for the most part are entitled people who DO use the race card. QUid pro quo

  • Bob Horacek

    N – no
    F – fans
    L – left
    F the NFL and especially their weak-kneed management. Free speech doesn’t come into play in an employment contract. These aren’t contract negotiations, these are over-paid mental midgets being led around by the MSM.

    • SeanM62

      What does the contract actually say? Or are you just guessing? I hope you don’t get your fake news from Faux Noise – they’re truthful 18% of the time.

      • Bob Horacek

        Typical Lib. Never read the comment, just go off. I never said or alluded to what was specifically in the contract, I don’t know and don’t care. I was speaking in generality that if a contract states something to which they’ve agreed, then free speech has no standing. To be employed as an entertainer/public figure, there is an understanding that what you do personally can affect you professionally. So you maintain decorum. They can kneel and complain all they want outside of the arena. But when they’re on stage, they didn’t pay for the airtime so they shouldn’t be using it to further their cause without express permission from their owners, and more importantly, their customers.

        • SeanM62

          Why do they play the anthem before games, anyway? Its a game, not a Nazi rally. No need for it.

          • Bob Horacek

            Again, typical Lib. When you can’t make an argument, deflect to another subject. Grow up and try to learn how to stick to a topic.

      • Dealerdeb1

        Hardly but you keep telling gay little self that

    • Tor293

      Bob I agree, how about putting all these oppressed dirt bag millionaires in a camouflaged uniform and a steel helmet. Then we’ll see how big their balls are, they’d go AWOL in the first 12 hours! Bunch of ungrateful dirt bags but you notice the stands are all full by the weak minded fans. How about the hypocrite coaches and assistants who we’re wearing USA sweatshirts, yet support the slime who won’t stand, it’s sickening!!

      • JimnSal

        I totally agree but they won’t be getting any of my dolllars.

  • doc suske

    Any men in blue should not protect (from the “fans”) any BLM anti-MEN IN BLUE, irreverent, ungrateful protestors! (a bunch of thugs, crooks & criminals anyway)

    • SeanM62

      Huh? Get your message clearer. You obviously have a confused mind. And the BLM – Black Lives Matter??? Why are they to blame? You are just throwing poop at anyone darker than a brown paper bag. Whites are no angels, either – Texas!!! Enjoy your ANTI-AMERICAN racism.

      • doc suske

        BLM- promotes violence against the police.
        NFL players taking a knee support BLM- (Colin’s cause- against police “brutality”)- therefore, they ALSO support brutality against the police- as criminals & thugs do.
        P S- I am not a racist- facts tell the truth- &* I said nothing about black players- ALL players are guilty- (Colin happens to be 1/2black & is the one supporting BLM- he’s got nothing to do with me & I WAS a fan, before his stupid, anti-American, disrespectful protest).
        So, who’s confused? Liberals are easily fooled by the MSM/fake news networks.

    • apzzyk

      I learned in the USMC to protect the expression by any one who is exercising their first amendment rights from harm. That would now exclude those who show up just to cause other protests or with shields. I have been protesting every Sat Trump and his policies on a street corner, but I do stand close enough to a couple of big poles so that I can get behind them if necessary. He is the first president since I first voted in 1961, with whom I have nothing in common, and every day it gets worse.

      • Bill

        How could President Trump cause you all these problems in less than 9 months when bozo obozo along with congress and the crooked Clinton’s and bush’s have had control for the past 28 years. Grow up and stop deluded yourself. We are in the mess we are in because we have had crooks in charge who were to busy selling America for their personal gain!

        • apzzyk

          The basic reason that he has been able to do so much damage in such a short period of time is that people always want to think that they will do better under one admin or the other. You mention Clinton, although they have been under investigation almost continually for almost 30 years, there has never been any finding of legal wrong doing other than his impeachment without conviction and that was almost 20 years ago. But here comes Herr Goebbels: If you tell a lie big enough often enough the people will believe you – Hitler. With Benghazi, the Obama policy which is still in place, was no US boots on the ground. The result of this is what is not happening – we do not have bodies of the military coming home in boxes as we still do in Iraq and Afganistan. Then there is the fact that at the time, and continuing on and actually increasing today – no money for the State Department – over 50% of the Ambasadorships are not filled, and the career employes are protected from political retaliation by the Hatch act, so they have no legal obligation to follow Trump. S Korea has no Ambasador, and that is where he was plugging his Resort in NJ today. The career employees can not make policy on the fly and adjust as necessary as can an Ambassador. Trump began with attacking NATO and then went to the UN, and just tried to pick fights. The US defense budget is about 3.2% of GNP, but probably just over 1.3 goes to NATO since we still have Iraq, Afganistan, and now we know about Africa – the Africa problem has been growing for years. I attended college 50 years ago with the son of the only Ethopian General other than HaliSalassi – where are they now, we even had a Army radio relay unit in the Capitol – not there any more. Trump made our Afracan problem worse when he said that no aid to NGO’s that do abortions, so no huger relief for S. Sudan, and feeding people makes friends. The life expectency of a baby born there today is measured in hours with about 50% maternal mortality, and no other medical aid where it is needed, and the radicals from the north have no real opposition because of nothing else either, so things are getting worse daily for us there. Back to the NATO budget – there is a Carrier Group in the Gulf At least 3 More in the Pacific with the other in the Atlatic in for maintenance, so our contribution to NATO is not much. The US is not really contributing that much when you consider that the causalties from the mid east rely on our hospital in Germany. The rest of NATO has increased its budget, so are we relevant any more? America First did not go over well at the UN – can we be trusted to meet our treaty obligations of the past 70 years? There has never been questions about that before. The people who voted for the prosecution of Hillary simply did not understand that people cannot be prosecuted for violating policy by having a server of her own, and did not understand the meaning of the word ‘Intent”. Gowdy is so conservative that he did not even recommend changes to the now 100 year old law on disclosure, or prohibiting private servers. Even a member of the house leadership admitted that the investigation was just to slam her.
          I was at the commisary at Warren AFB on my way to the Cheyenne VAMC on the day that Obama signed the ACA. At that time, the VA was still a good model for bringing healthcare to all based on means. Now, with more continued under funding it cannot be really considered a Health care provider – waiting 2 months for an appointment is not acceptable, but it, too, is Socialized Medicine. The dems had been working on the ACA for over 10 years and used the MA model that Romney had signed when Gov. But all we heard about, thanks to the hated liberal media, were about its problems. When the lack of plan for repeal or repeal and replacement came out the people who had voted for Trump did not like the fact that they would pay more or loose their coverage – it is hard to admit that you have been taken. Then there is the matter of illegals – now we don’t even have the room in detention centers to hold those caught or enough politically appointed immigration law judges to hear the cases, so it is costing the taxpayers $100/ea/day just to store them – immigration cases can drag on for years. The criminals that have been caught are mostly single moms who drove without a licence (I didn’t have one for the last 10 years that I drove – good driving?) with no rapists or murderers and damn few drug smugglers or even dealers. Is it realistic to try to deport about 1 in every 30 people in the US? Where are the promised jobs in the rust belt. Longmont CO, where I have lived for over 70 years is getting about 1,000 – well educated and versitile employees – we are taking the overflow since Silicon valley is full – no credit to Trump – just the building boom in Blue N. CO probably accounts for a full % of national GNP, but we are progressive. Little noticed until we have to borrow again is that Moody’s and others downgraded our national credit rating from AAA to AA the day after the election – with tax cuts we will not have the tax base to service our debts. For denial of care by the VA for both PTSD and total loss of sight in one eye I am suing the Government for $10 million for saving the taxpayers money. Expect at least half – an appropriation in time saves money later. The two most recent cases made public went for $3.2 each. REAL FACTS. Trump was warmly greeted in China today because they need just a little more time to finish their take over of the S. China Sea. Trump does not see anything beyond the end of his nose.
          How about those elections last night? Then, when we get to look at Trumps tax returns the conflicts of interest will become obvious as will his making private money because of his official position. The Swamp?

          • Bill

            I did not realize you had a degree in liberalism and BS. You are so full of it you blind yourself with delusional thinking. Go sell your BS to someone else.

  • SeanM62

    Fire the cops that won’t work. They don’t support the Constitution. They just support outward signs of misplaced patriotism.

    • Ben

      so you think they should support and defend the SOBs that support the BLM that want to kill them ??? …. you need to read the Constitution.

      • SeanM62

        What has the Constitution have to do with your comment? Cops are paid to protect everyone, regardless of affiliations, even the BLM or the KKK. The KKK has no use for cops, either, especially if they are not pure blonds.

        • Ben

          You are the one that said the cops don’t support the Constitution ????

          • SeanM62

            They don’t turn their backs on KKK members, neo-Nazis, White supremacists, either. Worst of all are gun-toting wife beaters – and their wives.

            Liberal communists (have you a clue to the vast difference?) are a threat to law and order? I thought they were dangerous because they LOVE law and order.

        • Jeannie

          Can’t remember what you said one hour before??? LOL You and your ilk need to lay down and go to the devil.

          • SeanM62

            OK – here it is for you in simple terms. The 1st amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to free speech. The players are exercising their free speech rights by taking a knee. The cops don;’t like that. Ergo, the cops do not support free speech.

            Playing the anthem before a game is weird, anyway. It has nothing to do with the game.

          • Jeannie

            sh awn sh awn sh awn… my goodness aren’t you the wealth of information!!! First of all, you are the typical ALT-LEFT defender of politically correct BS.. They are at work when they are on the field. They are paid to entertain…not protest. There are other ways to protest. The awful pumpernickel sob, said himself he would NOT HONOR THE FLAG of a country that oppresses blacks….excuse me…but he certainly is NOT OPPRESSED. Second of all the cops have the right of speech just like the cry babies on the field. The Constitution works both ways…not just the way of the ALT-LEFT, LIKE YOU THINK IT DOES!!! You are just like the people shutting down the free speech for others b y claiming free speech for themselves. TSK TSK TSK too bad you are so blind and ignorant. And as far as the TRUMPSTERS BEING IN HELL??? At least our feet are protected from the flames because you all beat us there.

        • Dealerdeb1

          When they are on duty they do and they do is honorably and righteously. They do NOT have to work a game

          • SeanM62

            Quite true, they don’t have to work the games. So, true to conservative values, owners should just hire others.

    • CCblogging

      Maybe a big man like you should go police the NFL haters.

      • SeanM62

        I’d love to, but I worked with homicide cops, not inebriated fans. Training inadequate – sorry.

        • CCblogging

          So you worked with cops???? Did you tell them where the bodies are buried?

    • Jeannie

      You love the traitors so much you go provide security for the overpaid, overgrown crybabies

      • SeanM62

        Everyone cries hen a friend or relative is murdered. If they are normal, that is. If you are so tough, I assume you also play for the NFL.

    • EC

      They shouldn’t be forced to volunteer. That’s what the story is referring to, if you even bothered to read it. They can be forced to work overtime if necessary, and that’s exactly what’s happening. Not volunteering doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the Constitution, so cut the dramatics.

      • Dealerdeb1

        then it wouldn’t be volunteering would it?

    • Dealerdeb1

      This is still America cops do NOT have to work after hours on private gigs if they don’t want to. WHy protect assholes who disrespect you?

  • cal3301

    The players think they know it all. Let them police themselves!!! The officers should not be forced to do so!

  • CCblogging

    It’s past due time to stop building stadiums for those rich unappreciative NFL thugs. Cut them loose and make them survive on their own merits.

    • Dealerdeb1

      I wasn’t aware they had any. They’ll starve

      • CCblogging

        True That. They be big and dumb.

  • PXXAT5

    Like it or not, the police are required to protect citizen and property and to maintain civil order. They can refuse if it is their off hours…unless a state of emergency is declared, or a situation likely to present an imminent danger to the city or citizen : large crowds, parades, political gatherings, demonstrations and or natural disturbances.
    I stand with the police, and all Americans who understand, that though we are not a perfect country, we are not an evil one either, and to disrespect her National Symbols of unity is a bridge too far, especially when you have other, times and ways to make a more salient and meaningful protest, that would rally others more readily to you cause of action.

    • EC

      Protests such as these are a substitute for actually doing something constructive for change. Name one thing that’s changed for the better since this BS began… it’s actually polarized our society to the point where it’s much more dangerous for everyone. Of course the wealthy athlete protestors don’t understand or give a damn about the results of their actions. As long as they give the appearance of solidarity with the “oppressed”, they’re free to go on with their extravagant lives when off the field. The reality is that if we want to make America safer for everyone, including young black males, we need to bring everyone together as one people. That’s not going to happen by deliberately pissing off half of the population with stupid stunts like these protests.

  • EC

    The fact is that the police officers can be forced to work overtime if the need arises. They cannot be forced to volunteer for working the games. The difference is the cost – forced overtime is more expensive since the pay rate is higher. Since this is taxpayer money, the additional cost should be passed along to the team owners. If their lax attitude towards these protesting buffoons results in higher security costs, they should be forced to pay the true cost of their decision. If they don’t like it, then stop tolerating the disrespect that’s driving up those costs.

  • ARJAY

    Why is the taxpayer paying the wages for these teams that pay the players MILLIONS of dollars, even after the taxpayers built and paid for their stadiums.

    Why aren’t these team owners paying for ALL their own security and stadiums??

  • jim jones

    The police unions should demand that it’s members do not work NFL games, it’s an insult to the uniform!

  • Terry Butts

    Why would any officer spend their time off working at a place that is PROTESTING the justice system not automatically declaring people guilty (especially police) regardless of evidence even when they were just defending themselves if the suspect happened to be black?

    Remember that is what they are protesting when they protest the American flag over INJUSTICE.

    They are expressing their false belief justice was not done because MEDIA propaganda they saw was not used in court. The actual witnesses and evidence was used thus the result of the innocent not being punished simply because of their job or race vs the CRIMINALS race. Meanwhile the media PROPAGANDA that it was about race instead of justifiable defense.

    The police are not REQUIRED to be at those games as stated “the number of off-duty police officers willing to work Sunday’s game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium was about a third less than usual” which makes it clear it is not part of their job as police but an OFF DUTY VOLUNTEER deal working security that many times they are not paid to do.

    Considering the millions made by these stadiums why are they not providing their own private security for these games instead of relying on the TAX PAYER FUNDED TRAINING of off duty police volunteers.