Volunteers in Police Service Add Value While Budgets Decrease
As a result of recent economic strife, agencies are experiencing an increased workload in a resource-constrained environment. While in the midst of budget cuts, many law enforcement agencies are being asked to take on additional responsibilities due to cuts and restructuring in other government agencies. More than ever, volunteerism in the law enforcement arena has become a need and not a luxury. The financial return on investment of a volunteer program can be substantial, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of value added to the agency each year.