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Post Re: CMPD Citizens Academy
I went to the Volunteer session last night. It's the only one I missed from the previous classes, so I've experienced the full curriculum.

Officer Celestine Ratliff, Volunteer Liaison, said that CMPD currently has about 600 volunteers, and she coordinates all of them. About half work at Animal Care and Control. The next positions with the most folks are the Citizens on Patrol and Parking Enforcement, with about 40 each. One of the most popular spots is Crime Scene Search because of the CSI TV shows. It's so popular that the unit can't keep up with everybody, and it's closed to new volunteers until they get the ones they have now up to snuff.

Chaplins, bilingual volunteers, and other provide several specialized services that supplement the work of CMPD staff. In 2010 volunteers contributed approximately 61,000 hours of service. The value of volunteer service easily exceeds $1,000,000 a year, but "The efforts and contributions of CMPD volunteers are priceless."

They have so many volunteers now that Officer Ratliff has to scramble to find assignments, but they won't turn folks away. They can find a job that meets most everybody's skills and interests.

See the CMPD Volunteer Opportunities web page for details on the types of jobs volunteers do and on the application process.


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Application and Registration is open for the Spring 2012 program. The first session, on CMPD History, Mission and Organization, is scheduled for March 13.
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