Would you volunteer as a SAPS reservist

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  1. danimal

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    Hi guys

    I'm thinking about giving something back to my community which has recently been hit hard with violent crime (Durban North). A friend and I are considering signing up to be reservists. The research I have done so far seems to indicate it is a long and very frustrating process but worth it if you persevere. I'm also battling to find recent information on the whole thing.

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  3. mandarinman

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    When you become a reservist it is aSERIOUS SERIOUS DECISION.I was a reservist in the flying squad in gauteng north rand for five years. There are a couple of questions or thoughts you need to consider. Firstly are you able to give up forty hours a month. Pass basic training. Do and pass Swat training. When you put on that uniform to do your duty you are a policeperson and wont get any special treatment from the public. They can and will on occassion attack you in an attempt to take your life are you prepared to kill someone and if so possibly be charges with murder or culpable homicide. Are you willing to go into situations where you see people take their own lives? Or look at the child that is busy dying due to an assault and look at the perp without trying to take his life. Are you able to look at the person who has committed a crime and is begging you to let him or her go? Are you willing to go into situations of family abuse where the victims turn on you ? Are you able to respond to a robbery or hijacking or mob justice where there are only two of you against however many but you cannot run away to protect yourself but must stay and fight to save someones life? And once that specific situation is over rush and respond to the next complaint? Then go home to your family take off your uniform. Put your bulletproof away and go and say "Hi im home " after having to kill someone that day. and be able to differentiate between being normal and a policeman and when asked "How was it ?" You say"ag same old stuff".


    If you could handle that sort of stuff( i forgot to mention see friends die and it may be your fault in some miniscule way) then go to your local police station and sign up if they are taking volunteers. Usually you need to work in the community service centre for the first year if you do not have some specialised prior training or experience. It is not all doom and gloom though. The day you save your first persons life it is amazing cos you keep on saying"I just gave that person another twenty or so years to live. I still love the sound of the siren change as you go through an intersection. You do get addicted to adrenalin. Ps listen to your family cos if your personality starts to change due to the stress involved you must be able to walk away from being a reservist. Good luck
     
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    Cool . Feel free to ask about anything you need info or clarification on
     
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    Great post, thanks Glen!
     
  7. shan

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    @manderinman, dude, that is a fantastic post, wow, best I have read
     
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    Dan, I've often thought about it and said I would like to, but have never been down the road of investigating it, but as Glen said, it does and it WILL have implications in your life and those of your family! I know when I mentioned it to Hayley she really wasn't happy about it and said I have a family to look after, which is true, but I know the feeling you have of wanting to get involved and help!
     
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    That is where being a Reservist has the most impact...my Dad was a Cop for well over 20yrs and it was brutal growing up in a house where the "negativity" of the outside life started penetrating the household...no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't take the Uniform off after a while..after seeing what he sees.. day in and day out..and the pure cruelty of man... My Dad became so "over protective" that I could hardly breath.."being under house arrest" is peanuts compared to my childhood...Don't get me wrong, not all get affected like my Dad...our next door neighbour is a Cop and what a wonderful, pleasant personality he has, after all these years...all I'm saying is THINK HARD about you'r decission as it doesn't just affect you...and if you believe you would be able to take the "Uniform" off, then I wish you all the best for the future and good luck..:)
     
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    Been a reservist for 15 years. @mandarinman hits the nail on the head. Loads of tuff stuff to deal with, but loads of rewards and commaradiry as well.
    Also want to add that you must be able to get time off from work if you have to testify in court.
    It a major commitment, so make sure you are prepared to sacrifies.
     
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  11. danimal

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    thanks for all the responses guys. going down to the local cop shop this morning to get more info. apparently there was a hold on them taking new recruits for reservist training, but it might have lifted now.
     
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    hmmm. this may be tricky. no-one at either of the 2 durban north stations know anything about reservists, but one of them suggested coming back during work hours as there is more likely to be someone on duty then who can help.

    are there any reservists from durban on this forum?
     
  13. Afsal

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    I will PM you a guys number who is( not sure if he still is) a reservist. He can guide you.
     
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    thanks, appreciate it
     
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    Let me what transpires
     
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