Citizen Patrol – Avondale Police taking applications
Avondale Estates residents interested in serving their community have a unique opportunity to do so.
The city’s police department currently is taking applications for its Citizen Patrol program, now in its second year. According to the announcement from the city, the program currently has 40 patrollers and has staffed about 560 two-hour, two-person shifts within the last 10 months.
“Citizen patrollers serve as extra eyes and ears for the Avondale Estates Police Department in a purely non-confrontational fashion,” the city explained via its weekly newsletter. “The patrol has expanded to include weekend as well as evening shifts to accommodate a variety of work schedules. Every month, the program offers 150 two-hour shifts; only three shifts per volunteer per month are asked.”
Applications are due May 30 and can be turned in at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza. Becoming a member of the citizen patrol will require three consecutive classes, held on Thursday evenings. This year classes will be held on June 5, 12 and 19.
“Hands-on and interactive, this fast-paced class will get you into the driver’s seat of the Citizen Patrol squad car by the end of the third night,” the announcement from the city says.