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Rocklin Police and Fire recruiting volunteers

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Citizens looking for a rewarding way to spend a few hours a week and who would you like to make a difference in their community are encouraged to become volunteers for Rocklin’s police and fire department.

Volunteers play a key role in helping the police and fire department provide a high level of service to the community, and undertake programs that were previously unfeasible because of a lack of staffing and resources, according to a news release.

Rocklin Police and Fire volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be of good moral character and have no felony or recent misdemeanor convictions. Volunteers must also be able to work with minimal supervision, work well with others, volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month and commit to a minimum of three years of service. There is no requirement to live in Rocklin.

The volunteer hiring process requires the successful completion of a volunteer application, oral interview, background investigation, warrant check, Life-Scan fingerprint check and Volunteer Academy. The Volunteer Academy starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, and meets on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings and two Saturdays during the day. The Volunteer Academy is mandatory for all new volunteers.

Rocklin Police Volunteers serve as extra “eyes, ears, and helping hands,” but do not engage in contacting, detaining or arresting suspicious persons or criminals. Volunteers are not sworn officers and have no powers of arrest beyond those of any private person. The Police Department has openings in patrol, records and front counter clerical support, child safety education (delivering presentations in elementary schools) and code enforcement. These functions require availability Monday through Friday during daytime hours.

The Fire Department has openings in fire administration (office and front counter clerical support; daytime hours Monday through Friday), fire prevention (child safety seat installation, hands-only CPR instruction) and fire support. Fire support volunteers do not fight fires, but do assist firefighters at fire scenes by filling air tanks and getting units back in service (they can be called into service at any time).

People interested in this program should contact Michael Nottoli at michael.nottoli@rocklin.ca.us or (916) 625-5416 by Friday, March 15.