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Volunteer Citizens Get a New Squad Car

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GREAT FALLS -

It was a big day for the Great Falls Police Department who just unveiled a new squad car for their citizens volunteer program. After one successful year the Great Falls Volunteers in Police Service program or VIPS for short, are proud to announce a brand new patrol car of their very own.

"The GFPD launched a volunteer program last March to augment the officers and to have community members be ambassadors to Great Falls from the department," explains Volunteer Coordinator, Samantha Huffman.

Similar to the relationship of a hall monitor and a school teacher; these volunteers actually help by informing Police Officers of crime and can actually have your car towed as well.

"Primarily they're our eyes and ears out and they are additionally involved in our abandon vehicle program, out identifying vehicles and taking care of sticking some of those. this program is going to expand but we are going to start slow and then build accordingly," says Police Chief Bowen.

Police Chief David Bowen says these volunteers are an immense help when it comes to keeping our community safe.

"I knew that if we opened up the department and allowed people in the community to come join us and help make a difference in the community that we would see some tremendous results and this is part of that and I really think this is wonderful," says Chief Bowen

And today with some financial assistance from the community VIPS have a new patrol car just like our badge officers to help become more recognized around town.

"Well this is our new patrol vehicle so you'll see that around. Through Neighbor Works and Boys and Girls Club of Cascade County we were able to fund this and we think it looks pretty slick," says Huffman.

The Great Falls Volunteers in Police Service currently have 46 volunteers, with this more recognizable vehicle they hope to meet a goal of 75 volunteers by the end of the year. If you are interested in joining up with the volunteers in Police service program you must be 18 years or older and able to pass a background check. You can ask for application through messaging the Great Falls PD Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/gfpolice.

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