Citizen police volunteers can help prevent crimes

EVERETT — The Everett Police Department needs volunteers.

The department counted about a dozen active volunteers in 2012, Sgt. Jeraud Irving said.

“We’re trying to boost it up,” he said.

The volunteer program is more than two decades old, he said. Most department volunteers are retired folks, but anyone 21 and up can apply.

Everett police volunteers check on people’s homes while they’re away on vacation. They also use radar equipment to gather speeding data in areas with potential problems, among other activities.

“Our main focus is to provide eyes and ears for the police department,” Irving said.

Volunteers’ hours can vary, but the department asks for at least 16 hours a month.

Volunteers also spend time with local police officers and make new friends in a team-building environment, Irving said. They provide additional customer-service to Everett residents, too.

“EPD is a progressive department that’s growing,” he said. “It would be a benefit to be able get out and help the community and give back a little bit more.”

Volunteers also are thanked with an annual awards dinner. They logged more than 2,400 volunteer hours last year.

For more information, call 425-257-7519 or email jirving@everettwa.gov. Applicants must pass a background check. They don’t have to live within city limits.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

1 person shot in Everett thrift store parking lot

Multiple people called 911 after overhearing a loud argument and then multiple gunshots.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

Old Silvana Creamery recalling whole raw milk

The milk was sold at the farm store, directly to customers and at local stores.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
If drivers paid even more, I-405 toll lanes might speed up

A report recommends lifting the maximum toll of $10 and varying it by segment traveled.

Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon

Artist Elizabeth Person’s portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will hang with others at City Hall.

Investigation recommends girl shot by officers face charges

The teen is accused of assaulting her boyfriend and the responding police officers.

Most Read