Jan 15, 2015 8:31 PM
The Paradise Police Department has struggled with budget and staffing issues like many other departments throughout the state. The officers depend on the volunteers.
Now the Paradise Police Department is looking for some new recruits. The station is able to operate with the help of about 30 volunteers, also known as VIPS. every year the department loses volunteers. The tasks vary day to day and the VIPS work in and out of the station.
"Out on patrol, people go on vacation and are gone for a couple weeks up to six months so we check their house everyday and make sure it is secure. If there are accidents in town and they need traffic control the VIPS go out." says volunteer Chuck Toplanian.
The only requirement is you must be at least 25-years-old. Volunteer programs differ from station to station depending on the needs of communities. Many North State cities and counties also have volunteer programs. You can call your local police or sheriff's department for more information.