WILLOWS, Calif. - The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is grappling with a staffing shortage and they're hoping to enlist volunteers to help keep the streets free of crime.
The volunteer program is called VIPS, it stands for Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff's Office.
Willows Sergeant Jonathon Owens said this program is vital to public safety. Right now, his office only has 20 deputies patrolling.
Action News Now spoke to Linda Corbin, who volunteers at least 10 hours every three months. Corbin retired in 1989 but said that it doesn't stop her from wanting to help her local law enforcement.
Sergeant Owens approached Corbin to kick start the VIPS program in December of 2018. She and three other members help out with patrol, security, parking enforcement, and traffic control.
Corbin said she joined VIPS because volunteering is in her blood.
“I hope we can alleviate the deputies from having to direct traffic and that type of thing when they can be out in the county,” Corbin said.
To enroll, you must pass a background check and finish the citizen’s academy in less than a year.
"It’s a huge help to the sheriff’s office and to the deputies that are working," Owens said. "It’s a huge help for the community. It’s been an amazing thing to watch the program come together and to be able to take part in.”
The Glenn County Sheriff's Office just got a $2,000 grant from Walmart. Now, they're thinking of purchasing a patrol car for volunteers.
Owens said his team is always looking for donations to fund this program.
To apply for the VIPS program in Glenn County, CLICK HERE.