Po­lice nar­row vol­un­teer pro­grams

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

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