Volunteers Give 13,704 Hours of Service to the MPD in 2016
The Melbourne Police Department honored its many dedicated volunteers during an appreciation luncheon held on April 25 at the Hilton Rialto.
In 2016, 85 volunteers gave a total of 13,704 hours of service to the citizens of Melbourne.
“Our dedicated volunteers provide tremendous behind-the-scenes support to the city day in and day out,” said Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs. Volunteers help in almost every division of the Melbourne Police Department with tasks that range from providing traffic control, moving equipment and vehicles, assisting with administrative work and records, and performing vacation and homeland security checks.
During 2016 MPD volunteers provided support during several large events, most notably when Presidential Candidate Donald Trump visited Melbourne and also before, during and after Hurricane Matthew struck the coast. The MPD volunteers provided essential support by delivering water, food and other supplies needed during these long-term events. They also handled traffic control at entrance and exit points for residents and bystanders. “Without our volunteers we would have needed 10-15 additional officers to handle logistics and help ensure safety at these events,” said Chief Mimbs.
Before they begin service, MPD volunteers complete many hours of training in areas such as CPR and First Aid, observation techniques, police procedures, traffic control, safe driving techniques, basic law enforcement rules and regulations, and how to effectively interact and communicate with the public. Many have served the department for several years — some for several decades.
For more information or to find out how you can join this dedicated team of volunteers, visit our MPD volunteer opportunities webpage, or contact Sgt. Sheridan Shelley, Melbourne Police Department Community Relations Supervisor, at (321) 608-6621.