Saturday, July 26, 2014

RSVP

A local agency has a Retired Senior Volunteer Program as part of the police department.  They perform various crime prevention and public awareness functions as volunteers.  They wear a uniform, but one that is different from the police officers.

They don't get paid, so their cost to the agency is low.  They use old police cars that have been retired but are still in good condition, a bit of an analogy to the people in the program.  They have retired from their original profession, but now perform public service helping the police.

They carry a police radio, but no other gear, they are never expected to use force or participate in arrests.  Residents of the city can phone in that they are going away on vacation, and these folks check on the property a couple times a day to insure everything is okay.  They give out crime prevention tips at local fairs and gatherings.  It's another way to involve the community and reduce crime; that's what the SGT Says.

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