Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Some 'volunteer cops' are saving a lot of time and money at the Klamath Falls Police Department.
Bill Lewis is one of five volunteers at the Klamath Falls Police Department...
"Well for one thing, it keeps your mind busy, and keeps you active."
Lieutenant Ryan Brosterhous notes that the 'V.I.P'S', or 'Volunteers In Police Service' program began last fall...
"I think at first, everyone was a little gun shy about recognizing the new program - but our volunteers have been great."
"So I think they have come to know that we are doing a valuable service." Adds volunteer Richard Lemming.
The volunteers do non-emergency duties such as deliveries, getting patrol cars to the shop, vacation house checks, and more...
"Doing the data gathering for some of the projects that they have." Adds volunteer Romie Nichols. "They're varied, and they're interesting."
It's estimated the volunteers have saved the department over ten thousand dollars so far...and freed up a lot of cops for patrol.
And that's important to volunteer Sunny Lemming: "And if we can keep our taxes lower, and keep these services efficient, then I think a lot more people should try to volunteer."
Volunteers have played an active role at the Klamath County Sheriff's Office for years.
Volunteer duties include reserve deputies, search and rescue, and the 'M.V.P.', or 'Mature Volunteer Program'.