Eagle Police seek volunteers for new Greenbelt citizen patrol
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Eagle Police are seeking volunteers for citizen patrols. Community Information Officer Patrick Orr says, “Outside of the odd circumstance where a stray bull wandered along the Boise River for over a week last month, nothing has happened lately to make the Eagle Greenbelt feel less safe. It’s just that Eagle Police Chief Steve Bartlett knows that some citizens really want to help make their town a better place — and he’d like to give them that opportunity.”
Police want to find 10 to 15 people to patrol approximately six miles of the Eagle Greenbelt during daylight hours by foot, bicycle or golf cart.
The volunteers will have no direct law enforcement powers and will be in contact with Eagle Police via cell phone. They’ll get training on safety issues and wear clothes with the Eagle Police logo, but being an extra set of eyes and ears for officers is only a small part of what they’ll be doing.
The majority of their time will be helping Greenbelt users — which could mean answering questions, doing some basic first aid, helping lost children, or giving directions. Volunteers can also help get medical attention as soon as possible.
Eagle Police also just added the new position of Neighborhood Contact Officer who will concentrate on traffic issues and community interaction. That officer, Marlon McCowan, will move over from the detective unit and spend a lot of time on his bike working closely with the new Greenbelt volunteers.
Applicants will have to pass a background check, which includes a polygraph test, to volunteer.
Chief Bartlett hopes to have some of the volunteers out on the Greenbelt by late fall, with the program up and running by spring.
Anyone who wants to apply to join the Eagle Greenbelt Citizen Patrol or learn more about other volunteering opportunities with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office should go online at http://www.adasheriff.org/CommunityPrograms/Volunteers.aspx to get more info, or call Volunteer Coordinator Caryl Humphries at (208) 577-3749.