Melbourne Police Department receives 11,972 hours from volunteers



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Volunteers honored at the Melbourne Police Department’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

The Melbourne Police Department honored its many dedicated volunteers during an appreciation luncheon held on April 22 at the Hilton Rialto.

In 2015, 75 volunteers gave a total of 11,972 hours of service — or the equivalent of $180,000 in staff time — to the citizens of Melbourne.

Volunteers help in almost every division of the Melbourne Police Department with tasks that range from providing traffic control, moving equipment and vehicles, assisting with administrative work and records, and performing vacation and homeland security checks.

“Our dedicated volunteers provide tremendous behind-the-scenes support to the city day in and day out,” said Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs. “Moreover they are always ready when we call on them in times of crisis, providing vital logistical support during major events like the shooting incident at the Melbourne Square Mall last year.”

During the 2015 shooting at the Melbourne Square Mall, and the more recent 12-hour stand-off at the Coral Bay condominium complex, MPD volunteers provided essential support by delivering water, food and other supplies needed during these long-term events. They also handled traffic control at entrance and exit points, making sure residents and bystanders didn’t wander into the line of fire. “Without our volunteers we would have needed 10-15 additional officers to handle logistics and help ensure safety at these events,” said Chief Mimbs.

Before they begin service, MPD volunteers complete many hours of training in areas such as CPR and First Aid, observation techniques, police procedures, traffic control, safe driving techniques, basic law enforcement rules and regulations, and how to effectively interact and communicate with the public. Many have served the department for several years — some for several decades.

For more information or to find out how you can join this dedicated team of volunteers, visit our website or contact Ken Jones, Melbourne Police Department Community Relations Coordinator, at  (321) 608-6336.

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