Part Time Officer Etiquette
I've been reading some other Law Enforcement sites but feel most comfortable asking my noobish questions here, I think I'm more likely to get real answers than sharp objects thrown at me, like some of the other sites.
I've been recently hired by a small Massachusetts town as a Part Time officer (the entire department is made up of part time officers, but the Chief is very proactive about training, taking extra classes and such.), and wanted to ask some questions about Part Time Officer Etiquette. From reading sites specifically dealing with Mass. (like masscops .com), the general impression I get is P/T is about one step above pond scum to many full timers, yet at the same time, they stress the importance of, for instance, when you pass another officer from another department or town alone on a road at night engaged in a traffic stop, stopping and asking the officer if they are all set. Would most officers be alright with a P/T officer doing this, or should the "pond scum" keep moving?
Also, if anyone is familiar with Mass. Reserve/Intermittent Academy, what other classes or training should I seek first, to help fill the gap between the full time Academy and the R/I Academy. I want to do the best job I can, whatever that takes. In Mass. the P/T route is one of the better ways to get in to Full Time work later on, or so I hear, but in the meantime, I don't want to be one of those guys out on the road with a gun and a car with pretty lights who doesn't know what he's doing.
Oh I should specify, in my department, P/T officers do it all except homicide and things of that nature, which we call the State Police in for, and we usually work alone, with the nearest backup 15-20 minutes away.
Thank you for your answers.