Award goes to Rocklin Police volunteers

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The Rocklin Police Department recently earned an award for its volunteers. On Oct. 26, the Rocklin Police Department received an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs” from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The award was sponsored by the Science Applications International Corporation to recognize volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative and effective practices for assisting sworn and civilian staff and improving service delivery to their communities. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the 117th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando, Fla.  On hand to accept the award from the Rocklin Police Department were Police Chief Mark Siemens and Crime Prevention and Volunteer Coordinator Michael Nottoli. The Rocklin Police Department was one of only three agencies to receive this award. There were 44 entries in this category from law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and Canada. The other two winning agencies were the Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff Department and the Coral Springs Florida Police Department. The Rocklin Police Department Volunteer Program plays an important role in serving the city of Rocklin. Between Jan. 1, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2010, Rocklin Police Volunteers donated 65,225 hours of labor. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, one hour of volunteer labor is worth $20.25. Therefore, Rocklin Police Volunteers donated $1,320,806 of labor over the last five years. Each Rocklin Police Volunteer must successfully complete a seven-step selection process and a comprehensive 50-hour, 14-session Volunteer Police Academy. The program currently has 120 members performing more than 50 valuable services including: • Abandoned Vehicle Enforcement • Administrative, Clerical, and Data Entry Functions • Business License Enforcement • Child Fingerprinting and Identification • Child Safety Education • Citizen Patrol • Code Enforcement • Community Emergency Notification System • Crime Analysis • Crime Stoppers Program • Front Counter and Records Customer Service • Investigations Unit Assistance • Mail Processing and Delivery • Neighborhood Emergency Training • Neighborhood Watch Program • Special Event Staffing • Traffic Control • Vacation and Home Security Checks The program’s organizational structure is one of the main reasons for its continued growth and success. The program is jointly managed by one paid Volunteer Coordinator and several non-paid Volunteer Functional Coordinators who are each responsible for delivering specific services.  Having Volunteer Functional Coordinators available to help train, schedule, and oversee the other 100-plus volunteers has been a great recipe for success. “The Rocklin Police Department has added tremendous capacity to serve the community through our Volunteers in Policing, and it is great to see all of their hard work recognized through this award,” Siemens said. This is the second major award received by the Rocklin Police Department Volunteer Program this year. In May, the program received the “Governor and First Lady’s Award for the Service Organization of the Year” in California. The program has also received recognition from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for Community Service in May of 2007, the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Achievement Award in November of 2006, and the Ben Ali Shrine Peace Officer Award for Community Service in April of 2005. ~Staff report