Eugene Police Department300 Country Club RoadEugene, OR 97401541-682-5111Fax 541-682-6804
"As a volunteer at the EPD, I feel like I get to contribute to the community in a meaningful way and I also get to learn about how policing works from the inside out. The people I've met have a strong sense of duty, and I enjoy the experience of supporting their hard work."
Volunteer Hayley Dyer
"I retired from the medical field and missed the contact with providers, staff and patients. I learned of the Seniors on Patrol Team from a Eugene Police Department employee and he encouraged me to apply. (Thank you!) What a wonderful way to give back to the community. I have found the administration, police officers and senior volunteers to be a wonderful and welcoming group of people -- always willing to give to others. One of the many positive experiences is Safety Town that is organized and run by the Eugene Police Department. The pre-school children were hesitant the first day, of course, to leave their mom's side, but by the second day they were excited to return. The officers made the experience exciting and rewarding. The children learned the rules of crossing streets, driving pedal cars on roads set up with traffic signals and wearing seat belts. They got to sit on a police motorcycle and visit with the motorcycle officer. They took a ride on a school bus, met Casey the fire dog, experienced a Fire Engine and a Police car from the inside, spoke with Animal Safety officers, and enjoyed many crafts. All and all I would encourage volunteering for the Eugene Police Department."
Volunteer Sandi Viohl
"The reason I signed on with the Volunteers in Policing Program was because it seemed like an experience I thought I would like to try. I have never wanted to be a police officer but I have always admired and respected the job that they do. I have, however, always have been a "mechanic wannabe." To work on cars was something I thought would be enjoyable for four hours a week I was both excited about the experience and a little bit apprehensive because of the one year commitment requirement. Now looking back, it is hard to believe that four years have passed. I have made a lot of new friends in the Police Department and with our crew members. I have learned computer skills that I probably would not have picked up if I had not volunteered. I have enjoyed using my mind to help improve our Squad Car Maintenance Team to what it is today. I have enjoyed using my leadership skills to help make our program an asset to the Police Department. Hopefully, we make the sworn officers' jobs a little bit easier. I think all of our members take a lot of pride in the job we do. If I thought I was just "putting in my time" or if I thought I just like to drive a cop car, I wouldn't do this job. I think we have become an essential part of the department and the City of Eugene would have a hard time replacing our crew. Overall, the experience I have had with the VIP Program has kept my mind and body active.I think I would have had a boring four years if I had not volunteered!"
Volunteer Dan Maxwell
"Seniors on Patrol volunteers provide valuable service, both to our department and our community.The team has such a diverse background in their previous careers and each member brings such great experience to the job.Some of the tasks that Senior Patrol performs would not be done were it not for them, including vacation checks and random patrol of disabled parking spots.Many on the team volunteer in additional assignments and many provide much more than the minimum hour commitment.When the team is on duty, they provide extra eyes and ears for our Patrol officers and our citizens, making the city just a little safer for all. It's such a great pleasure to work with volunteers who are service minded and give of their time and talents to help in whatever way they can."
Seniors on Patrol Team Supervisor Debbie Janecek
“I volunteer for the EPD because I know our police department is understaffed and in need of any assistance that I can provide.It gives me the opportunity of assisting our community, and being a part of solutions to problems instead of just complaining of things. From a very personal point of view, it gives me a purpose in my retirement, keeps me active and involved in the community. It allows me to assist my neighbors by providing services that the regular police officers simply do not have the time to do. Finally, it gives my life joy and satisfaction.”
Volunteer Cliff Flesch