APD Annual Reports - 2013 Annual Report - Page 16

Council Priorities Building a Thriving Community Volunteers play an integral alongside Arlington’s finest and role in the overall success of the provide a valuable service that Arlington Police Department. enhances our public safety. Studies show that volunteerism Volunteers can routinely be seen efforts tend in our Sky Cost savings during 2013: to make Watch Volunteers (Other) $426,566.32 communities Towers COP Program $69,925.70 safer, assisting stronger officers in COP Mobile Program $88,540.27 and better property School Patrols $8,174.14 prepared crime areas. Total estimated savings $593,206.43 to respond They also to emergency situations and monitor closed-circuit camera disasters. The police department systems and provide intelligence utilizes volunteers in many to officers working the beat. They different capacities in an effort provide friendly customer service to reduce costs, build trust, and at our front desks when visitors to maintain a safe and vibrant walk into our buildings. APD also community. enjoys the assistance of volunteers In 2013, APD had over in many other workgroups such 265 active volunteers working as the media office, investigations, throughout the city. This cadre data-entry functions, jail unit, of volunteers put in over 38,000 personnel & recruiting, and the resource hours of quality service training center just to name a few. to Arlington. There are many positions that a citizen can work 14 Volunteers provide many intangible benefits that sometimes are not easy to quantify. The estimated net savings during 2013 was over half a million dollars in resource hours. APD continues to treat our dedicated volunteers as part of our family and know that we would not be where we are today without their selfless service to our community.