Central Texas sheriff wants to form posse

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas sheriff’s idea to form an all-volunteer community “posse” to help his deputies in certain cases has drawn a wave of social-media response.

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara posted the idea to the sheriff’s office Facebook page on Wednesday. Sources report that, within 24 hours, McNamara’s post had been shared almost 60 times, drawn more than 400 “likes” and received almost 90 comments.

McNamara proposes recruiting unpaid volunteers who pass background checks to work to help law enforcement and community involvement activities. However, they would not be enforcing laws or making arrests. He tells the Tribune-Herald the idea is “even more premature than infancy.”

The police department in Waco, the McLennan County seat, already has a “citizens academy” to recruit civilians to help the department.

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