This week is National Volunteer Week. The City of Bartow kicked it off with a proclamation for our volunteers at Monday night’s commission meeting. This is something that we at the Bartow Police Department are very proud of, especially since we have such dedicated volunteers.
Some years ago, we set out to create additional volunteer workers at the police department. Over the last two years, we have managed to bring on board 19 volunteer workers that serve this community with distinction.
Volunteers with the Bartow Police Department range from police officers to clerical assistance.
Speaking not only as the department’s chief but also as a resident of Bartow, these volunteers really make an impact in our community. Between the volunteer police officers and the Citizens on Patrol, these men and women put in a total of 1,579 plus man-hours for this community.
Our volunteers do not take the place of an employee, but rather supplement our efforts in the community to provide additional resources without a cost to the taxpayers. I personally want to take this time to thank all of those folks that have volunteered their own time to assist us at the Bartow Police Department. From helping patrol our neighborhoods, to getting the police department accredited again, you have made our work much more enjoyable. Thank you all.
Take the time this week to recognize someone that gives back to the community with their time and energy. They all make this community and this country a better place to live.
If you would like to know more about volunteering with the Bartow Police Department, please call Lyn Bryan in Community Services at 863-534-5034.