Find Out About Volunteer Police Work

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Learn about how the average citizen can help the Payson Police Department at an orientation meeting for the Police Volunteer program tonight.

"Anyone interested can come to the introductory meeting to learn about the program and we will have applications on hand if they want to register," said Commander Don Engler of the PPD.

The program overview will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the training room at the police department in the Town Hall complex, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

Volunteers assist the police department in a variety of capacities: reception, record keeping and transcription; neighborhood patrols and traffic control; and enforcement patrols.

The number of classes varies for each specialty. The enforcement patrol volunteers will continue training until the end of January or early February, Engler said.

The first classes following the orientation provide training in radio communication. There is no fee to participate and the only thing enrollees must provide is a pair of black shoes, the department makes the uniforms and equipment available.

With the help of volunteers, the PPD has saved taxpayers more than a quarter million dollars since the program's inception in October 2001.

For more information, call (928) 474-5177, or attend the orientation Sept. 13.

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