Reserve officers hit the road

HONOLULU (KHNL) - They wear uniforms, carry guns, and have the ability to arrest you. But we aren't talking about police, just a group of average citizens. It's part of the Honolulu Police Department's reserve officer program. This is about 20 of the group's more than 70 total members.

They go out into high risk areas of criminal activity and address less serious crimes so that regular officers can focus on the bigger ones.

Since most have other jobs, reserve officers all serve without compensation.

Reserve officer Ron Richardson says "to me it's kind of like having the best of 2 worlds. I can be part of such a great organization here and help the community."

Reserves volunteer about 20 hours a month. Friday night their focus was addressing drinking, disturbances, and gang activity in the Kalihi area. They issued more than 30 warnings during their last patrol.