Mesquite Police Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks that support local law enforcement officers. In 2014, the citizen patrol unit performed 1,249 vacation checks; distributed 279 handicap parking warnings; deployed the radar trailer 105 times; served 89 subpoenas; checked on local schools 288 times; managed traffic at accident scenes; assisted police with 64 incidents and performed 38 citizen assists. The unit logged 10,048 patrol miles as they helped watch over the City of Mesquite.
Clerical volunteers supported civilian staff by answering non-emergency phone lines, taking requests for information, and other duties. Volunteers also assisted with Mesquite Night Out, Trunk or Treat, and Shop with a Cop.
Mesquite Police Volunteer Coordinator Don Woodmancy reports that volunteers donated 5,377 service hours in 2014 and the 2015 hours are quickly adding up.
“The Mesquite Police Department salutes Volunteer Coordinator, Don Woodmancy; Team Leader, Roger Steelman; Team Leader, John Stallone, James Barratt, Russel Battaglia, Cathy Billingsley, Jon Browning, Frank Brumaghin, Richard Charleston, Craig Christensen, Donna Collum, Gary Culver, Bill Galeazzi, Kjeld Jeppesen, Don Karpowich, Steven Koontz, Mark Landau, Rebecca Lange, Gary Moore, Robert Newbury, Jeff Newman, Jon Osgood, Ron Salemme, Craig Smith, Debbie Smith, Karen Valdez, and Mike Wilbur for the excellent service they provide to our community,” said Police Chief Troy Tanner.
Independent Sector, a coalition of approximately 550 charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, annually calculates an hourly dollar value of volunteer time. The most recent value (2013) is $22.55 an hour. Using that figure, the value of time donated to the Mesquite Police Department during the 2014 calendar year equates to $121,251.