With a decrease in funding, volunteers are playing an even more significant role in the daily operation of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department.
Calaveras County Sheriff, Dennis Downum was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.
The “Senior Volunteers Unit” currently has thirty-five members. Downum adds the number can swell to well over fifty.
The volunteers donate close to nine thousand hours each year. Some volunteers are able to put in several days a week, while others work just a couple of days a month.
Here is a recent breakdown of hours donated by the Volunteer Unit; Meetings/Training (774), Fair/Events (885), Substation Staffing (2,439), Patrol (2,429/34,347 miles driven), Clerical Duties (1,221), Unit Administration (493) and miscellaneous assignments (720 hours).
Downum adds the requirements are minimal. Have an intrest in your community and be willing to have a criminal background check. Despite the name “Senior Volunteers”, adults of all ages are eligible.
Anyone with an interest should contact the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office at (209) 754-6500.
The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.
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