Seventy Presidential Volunteer Service Awards recently were presented by Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen.
These awards are given to police department volunteers based on how many hours each served within a calendar year. The awards were presented for 2012.
Of the 70 awards presented there were 53 bronze, 12 silver and five gold. Those who received the bronze award volunteered between 100 to 249 hours. The silver award recipients volunteered between 250 to 499 hours. The five volunteers who earned the gold award, Texanna Cato, Max Corona, Josh Gillis, Jim McConville and Elaine Solvang, gave 500 hours or more of their time to the department and citizens of Lynnwood.
The Lynnwood Police Department has two main groups of volunteers; the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) and the Citizens Patrol (CP). Between these two groups there are approximately 80 police volunteers. Police department volunteers provided more than 16,000 hours of service in 2012.
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Many of the volunteers have attended the free annual Citizens Academy, a 12-14 week program starting in January.
For more information on volunteering with the Lynnwood Police Department or regarding the annual Citizens Academy contact the Crime Prevention Office 425-670-5635 or 425-670-5639.