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Delray Beach police looking for volunteers to patrol neighborhoods, shopping malls

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 19:24:43-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.  — The Delray Beach Police Department is looking to build up its volunteer program.

There are about 200 volunteers right now, but the agency would like to see 400.

Nathan Price has been volunteering for 16 years, and he also just turned 104 on Wednesday.

"Gives me something to do and I am contributing," said Price.

Volunteer Major Bernard Zaretsky and Major Martin Tencer said volunteers provide an extra set of eyes across the city. They patrol neighborhood and shopping malls and call in crimes or suspicious activity.

"We want volunteers very, very much," said Major Tencer.

Major Zaretsky said volunteers help save the police department money, about 19 full-time positions. He said if you calculate back to when the program started in the 1980s, you come up with $21 million in savings.

Anyone can volunteer, according to the Delray Beach Police Department. The youngest volunteer right now is 24 and Price is the oldest at 104. The department asks for eight hours a month, and there are other options other than patrolling.

"We welcome all volunteers," said Major Zarestsky.

To learn more about the volunteer program, click here.