6 Ways Volunteering with Spokane C.O.P.S. Helps You

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 27 Apr, 2016
It’s okay to ask “what’s in it for me?” when trying to decide where to volunteer! Your time is limited, and your options for volunteering are abundant. It doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you smart about how you spend your time. Below are six ways volunteering at Spokane C.O.P.S. can help you.

1. Career exploration : Volunteering with Spokane C.O.P.S. exposes you to the world of law enforcement, local government, nonprofits, local businesses, and more! Volunteering with us allows you to experience a variety of career arenas through working with our organization and its many partners, which can help you figure out the career arena that interests you the most.

2. Build relationships with a community of passionate people : Our volunteers love spending their time making Spokane better. Because of the unique nature of our programs, we get the privilege of working with people from all walks of life and with all kinds of personalities and passions. We love working with these people, and bet that you will too.

3. Develop (and sharpen) your skills : Ever wanted to learn how to dust fingerprints off of a car? Hoping to strengthen your typing or interpersonal communication skills? Each volunteer position utilizes a unique set of skills that you can develop and improve, while impacting your community.

4. Add variety to your day : Tired of the work, exercise, dinner, TV, bed slump? Volunteering is a great way to spice things up, and working with the public and in partnership with law enforcement offers an enticing unpredictability. Of course you will be fully trained to handle any situation that comes your way, but you can enjoy the excitement of never being able to fully predict how a volunteer shift will go.

5. Gain a sense of belonging : Volunteering at Spokane C.O.P.S. makes you a part of our family. We don’t look at you as just a number on a list to accomplish our tasks. We see you as an individual who belongs in our group. And as you work to improve your community, you’ll likely feel more belonging as a Spokane citizen.

6. Reduce crime in your community, and make your city safer : Everyone benefits from crime reduction, including you! By volunteering with our programs, you make Spokane a safer place to live for yourself and your family.

Curious about the many volunteer opportunities available through Spokane C.O.P.S.? Check out   www.spokanecops.org/volunteering   or email   mvulcano@spokanecops.org   for more information.

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Spokane C.O.P.S. is here with Safe Streets! Safe Streets is a step-by-step approach, channeling all your frustrations into a plan of action utilizing civil courts. Since nuisance houses are defined in the city municipal code, you can effectively take the owner of the house (whether they live there or the house is a rental property) to court for violating this ordinance. A judgment against the owner results in fines paid to affected neighbors.

Safe Streets is a community action guide for the city and county of Spokane that includes community policing tools for helping make your neighborhood safe and nuisance free. Safe Streets motivates individuals to participate at the most fundamental level of the democratic process to create a community that reflects the standards and moral of the residents. It also teaches the community how to maintain those standards. Safe Streets will show you how to recognize nuisance house danger signs,  organize your block, form a team with police and possible city officials, document a public nuisance, research property ownership, and deal with the cooperative and uncooperative property owners. Safe Streets empowers citizens to create a nuisance-free neighborhood that is a safe, clean, and a healthy environment for individuals and families.

Safe Streets can be a much faster way to get results than other options. Oftentimes, even repeated visits by the police is not enough to change behavior. But by facing legal action and potentially large fines for failure to act, owners often deal with the problem immediately as that is preferable to going to court.  The Safe Street program has been implemented over 450 times with successful results.

Stop by your neighborhood C.O.P.S. shop for more information.





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Over 7,000 cases of personal property theft have been recorded so far this year (up 4.5% from this time last year). In many of these cases, Spokane police officers are able to recover the stolen property...with no way of identifying the owner. When they can’t find the owner, the items eventually go to auction to free up much needed space in the police evidence facility. This raises an important question-if your property is stolen and recovered by police, would you be able to prove it’s yours?

That’s where Operation ID comes into play. The idea is to mark your valuable possessions with an identifying number (like your driver’s license number). Engraving a number helps deter theft since it’s harder to sell an ID-ed item to a pawn shop. If the item is stolen, the identifying number helps you prove ownership of the item to the police.

Operation ID also involves creating an inventory of the make and model of all ID-ed items, which you then put in a secure place. In the event of theft, fire damage, or other incident where you need to make a claim to your insurance company for item replacement, your information is ready for the insurance company.

Operation ID is a free service that only takes a few minutes. Bring your valuables to your local C.O.P.S. shop to borrow an engraver and pick up an inventory log.

Another property identification program is SpokaneBikeID.org , a city wide bike registration database. The information uploaded during registration is used by police to connect a recovered bike to its rightful owner. You can bring your bike by your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will register it for you (and you can get a free child’s helmet while supplies last).

For more crime prevention information, check out our Facebook , Twitter , Linkedin , and Pinterest .
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