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During August, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office V.O.I.C.E Citizens Patrol conducted 41 patrols county-wide with 35 volunteers, totaling 347 volunteer hours and logging a total of 3,874 miles.
This represents a program historical high for number of patrols and volunteers, and miles traveled.
In addition to patrols, volunteers took three citizens patrol contacts regarding complaints and turned into crime prevention office or referred them to 911 Center as appropriate. They also received an additional 14 complimentary citizen contacts, provided assistance to 29 stranded motorists, assisted at two traffic incidents, conducted four traffic-control tasks in support of various community events and provided assistance to fire departments on two occasions.
V.O.I.C.E. volunteers also participated in a community event, completed 41 special tasks, including checks of selected shopping centers and parks, plus three assigned residential keep checks from Crime Prevention Unit. They completed orientation on the use of radio communications with C-Com during selected patrols and use of “10 Codes” in telephones communications with the 911 Center.
The V.O.I.C.E. Program now has 51 volunteers, of which 38 are certified to patrol (including six certified trainers). Three volunteers have been de-certified due to lack of participation, and four are pending certification before the end of September.
So far this year, V.O.I.C.E. has completed 270 patrols with 236 volunteers, and 2,225.5 volunteer hours, covering 24,083 miles, submitted 79 incident contacts or emergency requirements to Crime Prevention Unit or 911 Center or complimentary citizen contacts/comments, assisted 79 stranded motorists, responded to and assisted at 15 traffic incidents, completed 10 traffic control assignments, responded to and assisted at two medical emergencies, provided assistance to fire departments twice, participated in five community or special events, participated in a community parade, conducted 292 special tasks and 15 residential checks.
For August, Brunswick County Sheriff’s volunteers completed 1,298 hours of volunteer service at a value of $19,858.20.
In addition non-BCSO volunteers provided an additional 798.5 hours at a value of $12,464.59 to Animal Protective Services. This was an increase of 432 hours and $6,743.52 from July, which was the first full month of volunteer operations.
There were 70 active time sheets submitted in August, an increase of 12.9 percent from July, bring the monthly average to just less than 61 timesheets.
From January through August this year, volunteers have provided 8,707 hours at a value of $134,055.92 to the BCSO. This represents an average of 1,088.4 hours at a value of $16,756.99 per month.
Non-BCSO volunteer support to Animal protective Services totals 1,165 hours at a value of $18,185.65 for July through August.
Total volunteers hours this year, including non-BCSO volunteers at Animal Protective Services, are 9,872 at a value of $152,241.57.