Evanston’s police department is making much less extensive use of citizen volunteers than police in some nearby communities.

That’s the conclusion of a story in today’s Chicago Tribune, which leads with a description of how volunteer auxiliary police in Des Plaines go on street patrol in police uniforms and armed with handguns.

The story says Des Plaines has 17 auxiliary police officers as well as a 28-member Citizens on Patrol Unit whose members can issue citations for some traffic violations.

The story also looks at the use of volunteers in police departments in Park Ridge and Skokie.

In Evanston, Chief Richard Eddington told the Trib, the half dozen volunteers are limited to inside jobs in the station’s records department and detective division.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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