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Volunteers Save Ashland Police Department $84,302

NewsWatch 12's Rachel Tiede spent the afternoon with a volunteer and shows us what they do to help behind the scenes.

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 3:23 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 10:54 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Volunteers with the Ashland Police Department saved the agency $84,302 after donating 3,387 hours of their time.

Sharon and Tony Abshire have spent seven and eight years at the agency, respectively. 

Sharon says the volunteers were proud of the money they helped save the department, but are pushing to work more.

Tony, who is also the volunteer coordinator, echos that sentiment.

"I wish we had committed more. I really do," Tony Abshire said. "But with the number of volunteers that we've got and the number of hours, I think it's outstanding to say the least." 

Deputy Chief Warren Hensman says the volunteer program has been around since the 1970s, and that the volunteers do many of the behind-the-scenes tasks. This includes delivering mail between the different city departments, helping with patrols, doing vacation house checks, scouting for fires, and helping assist the public with questions.

He adds they are always looking for more volunteers.

"I think a lot of people don't typically match volunteering with the police department," Hensman said. "There's always a smile on their face when they come in. They always want to support, they always want to help, and they always want to do more."

If you're interested in volunteering, call the Ashland Police Department at (541) 488-2211.

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