by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (March 24, 2019) – Several graduates from the 2019 Citizens Police Academy expressed a new appreciation for the amount and variety of work Lansing police officers do. Responding to 911 calls, patrolling neighborhoods, visiting schools and businesses, writing reports, researching grants, providing safety training—all of this is police work that requires officer hours.
Lt. Scott Bailey, who has taught the class for the past two years, understands that the workload can sometimes affect police relationships with the community, because it means that police are not always able to be as responsive or available as they want to be. One solution Bailey and the department are exploring is to involve local volunteers to help with certain responsibilities.
Volunteering at community events
For example, the Lansing Area Chamber’s Good Neighbor Day Parade is a community event that typically involves a lot of officers in redirecting traffic or answering questions from pedestrians. Those are responsibilities that could possibly be handled by trained civilians. To gauge interest, Bailey sent an email to graduates from the 2018 and 2019 Citizens Police Academies, since they have already received some training and could easily qualify for volunteer positions at the parade and other community events.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Lansing Police Department, contact Lt. Scott Bailey:
- Call 708-895-7130
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering at disaster sites
For people interested in disaster-related volunteer opportunities, the Lansing Police Department is now partnering with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Center, and volunteers are needed for those situations. The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help meet survivors’ most urgent needs for food, clothing, shelter, and medical services. They also assist emergency personnel with equipment and food. Bailey is hoping that LPD’s partnership with the Salvation Army will encourage Lansing residents to get involved as well. For those interested in learning more about the training to become a volunteer in our community, visit the Salvation Army website:
Questions that are not answered on the website may be answered by Volunteer Coordinator Matthew Coatar:
- Call 847-709-6621
- Email Matthew_coatar@usc.salvationarmy.org