Many of the law enforcement programs of the Longview Police Department rely upon volunteers in order to meet specific goals and objectives. Volunteers assist in various capacities within the department, some of which include the following:
- Pawn Ticket Entry
- Statistical Data Processing
- Training Assistance
These volunteers donate their time and energy to help the Longview Police Department ensure the safety of our community. Here are just a few examples of the work done by volunteers. The Criminal Investigation Division of the Longview Police Department utilizes six volunteers to enter various types of computerized data and oversee the storage of pawn receipts and fingerprint cards. The service of our volunteers is most beneficial to the property crime detectives, in that their work leads to the recovery of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property each year. Volunteers enter pawn transaction information into our reporting system so that the items can be compared against property reported as stolen; this entails every pawn transaction that occurs within the city as reported to LPD. Volunteers also assist with the maintenance of the hard-copy fingerprint cards of persons arrested by our agency. This provides LPD Physical Evidence Specialists with an easily accessible catalog of fingerprints by which they can make manual comparisons to known suspects. Don, Dave, Frances, Martha, and Bob donated 1,910 hours of their time in 2004. This is slightly more than the average time worked annually by one full-time paid employee. Mrs. Metcalf works with the Information and Fiscal Services section of the Police Department as a volunteer entering Citizen Contact Data Cards. This information is used in the department’s yearly racial profiling report. Mrs. Metcalf gave over 180 hours during 2004 and entered over 10,000 citizen contact data cards, each of which can contain as many as 13 different data elements.