Thanks to volunteer efforts, the Payson Police Department has added three trucks to its fleet for volunteer policing.
Volunteer Tom Brown donated hundreds of hours to outfit the trucks with scrapped lights, radios and other equipment he found from vehicles no longer used by the town.
“Tom volunteered many hours to get the units ready for use and the cost to Payson is just $350 for each vehicle,” a press release states.
The trucks are equipped with V-6 engines that get better fuel mileage than several worn-out full-size patrol vehicles previously used by volunteers, and with 40,000 to 60,000 miles on the odometers, maintenance should be minimal.
The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program was started in 2001 allowing volunteers to complete nominal tasks that would have otherwise been done by paid officers.
Volunteers have already logged almost 90,000 hours with the PPD and last year, volunteers put in 13,252 hours.
Last year, Brown logged more than 7,000 hours with the PPD.
Some of the areas volunteers are involved in include the patrol division, records, vehicle impoundments, crime scene security and sex offender notifications. The VIP program also works with elderly citizens of the community through the Police Access to the Homebound and Guardian Angel programs.
The PPD is always looking for more VIPs. Training and uniforms are provided at no charge, but you must be at least 18 years old.
Stop by the police department at 303 N. Beeline Highway Monday through Thursday to pick up an application.