Israel Police Is Overflowing With Volunteers - but Most of Them Aren't Properly Trained

They have all of the authority but a fraction of the training of their paid counterparts on the force. They are considered highly motivated, but officers don't trust them in sensitive situations. How much volunteering is too much?

Raz Attias, 18, held a gun to the head of his 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend as they sat in a car in a wooded area outside Beit Shemesh on October 19, 2012, threatening to kill her and then himself. The first responders, dispatched after Attias informed Israel Channel 2 news about his plans and his cellphone location was tracked, were police volunteers. Armed with a handgun and an M16 rifle, they charged the...