Police narrow volunteer programs
A decline in volunteers has resulted in Hamilton police streamlining volunteer programs to focus on issues unique to policing, such as road safety, while scrapping projects other organizations can provide.
Sgt. Barry Mungar, crime prevention co-ordinator, said police have limited resources and must allocate them responsibly.
Mungar said volunteer programs have become difficult to sustain, particularly as a result of a recent decline to 80 volunteers from 150.
“Traffic programs are unique to the police and we’re the only organization enforcing road safety,” Mungar said. “On the other hand, reading programs and clothing donations can, and are, being facilitated by a variety of organizations.”
According to the annual report, in 2016 volunteers in traffic programs sent 1,540 followup letters to registered vehicle owners with the date, time and nature of a traffic violation and potential consequences. In 2015, 1,368 letters were sent.