Police Department On The Lookout For Volunteers

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Payson police are looking for you if, that is, you are more than 15 years of age and have some time to spare to volunteer for the police department.

The department has developed a comprehensive civic program called Volunteers in Action, designed to improve the services provided by the Payson Police Department through volunteer assistance.

"We're looking for volunteers who can work a minimum of four hours a month," Volunteer Coordinator Jill Carlson said, "and responsibilities vary from receptionist to fingerprinting."

Applicants should be honest, dependable, community-minded residents who want to contribute in some way to the improved quality of Rim country life, she said.

"This is also an excellent way to get your foot in the door of police work," Carlson said. "This gives people a chance to get to know the place, get to know how we work around here. This is also how some people have gotten involved in the reserve program."

Applicants can send letters to Carlson at 303 N. Beeline Highway, Payson AZ 85541 listing the following information: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, interests, general experience and/or expertise and personal goal.

"Then, we'll interview them, and try to match their interests with what we have available," Carlson said.

In addition to reception and non-criminal fingerprinting, the police department also uses volunteers for traffic control, special events, office clerks, outdoor maintenance, rangemaster/armory, pawn detail, tour guide, and public relations.

"No prior experience is necessary," Carlson said. "We just want to find people who will be an asset to our department, working where they want to work."

For more information, call Carlson at the Payson Police Department, 474-5242, ext. 209, or e-mail her at jcarlson@ci.payson. az.us. An informational meeting also is scheduled to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18.

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