Non-Sworn Community Safety Aid employees will assist police officers
SMITHFIELD – At the request of Police Chief Pete Hedrick, the Smithfield Town Council has agreed to hire two Community Safety Aid (CSA) employees. The non-sworn civilian employees will assist sworn officers with non-emergency calls, freeing up police to handle priority calls for service.
Chief Hedrick said the police department, on average, investigates about 70 traffic accidents each month, with only 16 of those resulting in injuries.
The new Community Safety Aid officers will be able to investigate non-injury collisions, assist at crime scenes, and work in the Evidence Room.
The new CSA officers are approved by the state. Hedrick said the Fayetteville Police Department has had great success with their CSA program.
The state requires each CSA employee to undergo 40 hours of training, a four week ride-along, plus any additional training individual police agencies may require.
Chief Hedrick said the two CSA employees will not carry weapons, but will carry mace and wear a bullet proof vest. They will primarily work hours with the highest average call volume, and the exact times have not been determined.
CSA officers will not be able to write traffic tickets at accident scenes or make arrests, but can call upon sworn officers if a traffic ticket needs to be written or a driver arrested, for example for impaired driving. They can write parking tickets.
CSA officers will wear uniforms different than what sworn Smithfield police wear. They will operate different vehicles without blue lights.
The Community Safety Aid officers, also known as Public Safety Aid (PSA) officers, will have a salary range from $37,606 to $58,289.