Central Point recognized for volunteer police work

The city of Central Point has been recognized by the League of Oregon Cities for its Volunteers in Police Service program, which encourages volunteers to work with the police in a variety of support roles.

The city's program earned the Helen & Alan Berg Good Governance Award, which recognizes programs that connect residents to their communities.

Volunteers in Police Service allows volunteers to assist city police in such areas as house checks, vehicle maintenance, a chaplain program and a "guardian angel" program. The volunteers also work with police on special events and projects.

There are currently 28 volunteers who have attended a volunteer academy and completed background checks. Since its inception in 2006, the program has compiled 41,835 volunteer hours, with an estimated value of more than $847,000.

Anyone interested in participating in the program is asked to call Bobbie Pomeroy at 541-664-5578.

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