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Rocklin volunteers recognized by governor, first lady

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The Rocklin Police Department Volunteer Program was recently honored with a service award. The group was recognized as the California Service Group of the Year and recipients of the Governor and First Lady’s Medal for Service Award. The award ceremony was held May 6 at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento. California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver spoke at the ceremony and paid tribute to volunteers and volunteer organizations. On hand to receive the award from the Rocklin Police Department were Captain Ron Lawrence and police volunteers Robert Jordan, Becky Kanowsky and Rich Vallone. The award was presented by Matthew R. Bettenhausen, the secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency. The Rocklin Police Department Volunteer Program was selected as the California Service Group of the Year because of its “demonstrable impact and unwavering commitment to the community.” During the last five years, Rocklin Police Volunteers donated more than 55,000 volunteer hours providing an estimated $1.2 million of service to the department and community. The program currently has 114 members performing more than 50 services including neighborhood watch presentations, child fingerprinting and identification, citizen patrol, dog licensing, surveillance, traffic control, vacation home security checks and other duties. The Rocklin Police Department plans to hire an additional 15 volunteers in 2010. Each new volunteer must successfully complete a seven-step selection process and a comprehensive 50-hour, 14-session Volunteer Police Academy. The Volunteer Program is managed by Crime Prevention and Volunteer Coordinator Michael Nottoli and 11 non-paid Volunteer Functional Coordinators. ~Staff report