SPD recruiting help, looking to double volunteer force

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fighting crime has become a community effort over the year, but local authorities need more help. Spokane Police Department leaders said they are looking to double their volunteer group to 60 people.

SPD volunteers do everything from pick-up evidence to direct traffic near crash scenes.

“We use them for so many things around the department from the information booth and front desk,” said Sgt. Lydia Taylor. “They pick up property from car prowls. They work the Lilac Parade and Bloomsday.”

“I enjoy helping people and it saves the city a lot of trouble by having us here,” said Vivian Burrell who began volunteering with SPD 25 years ago.

Taylor said the volunteers like Burrell save taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.

Officers currently work with about 30 senior volunteers. Leaders said they want to double the amount as soon as possible.

Medical issues and moves are the biggest reasons behind their drop in volunteers lately according to police. SPD leaders plan to recruit at retirement communities. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

Contact the Spokane Police Department if you are interested in volunteering.

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