SCMPD Joins with Presidential Council on Service & Civic Participation

Award Honors Outstanding Commitment to Volunteer Service

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have teamed with the White House to become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer service.

SCMPD’s Volunteers in Policing are citizens who help build bridges between Metro Police and the community through volunteer and community outreach services. Last year, they dedicated 3,000 hours to community service on behalf of SCMPD. Anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer with Metro Police is encouraged to go to the SCMPD website at and click on “Citizens’ Academy and Volunteers”. As part of this program, volunteers who qualify annually will now receive recognition with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

SCMPD is also accepting applications for the first Citizens’ Academy of 2009 which starts February 12. This program helps give citizens an understanding of the police department and the environment in which it works. Many participants go on to volunteer in the community working in partnership with the police.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award program was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential recognition to those who meet requirements for volunteer service measured by the number of service hours performed in a year.

Metro Police is one of thousands of organizations that have joined forces to deliver the award and honor volunteers across the country. As a Certifying Organization, SCMPD is responsible for verifying service hours, nominating potential recipients and delivering the award.

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award visit www.presidentialserviceawards. gov or call 1- 866-545-5307.

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