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CHP Launches Senior Volunteer Program

OAKHURST — “You’re never too old to be Blue and Gold,” said CHP Public Information Officer Kaci Lutz to the new recruits in the Oakhurst Area CHP Senior Volunteer Program last Friday.

Nearly two dozen “seasoned citizens” have signed up to make an important contribution toward improving the public safety, service and security provided by the California Highway Patrol.

Senior Volunteers must be 55 years or older, be available to work a minimum of four hours per week, pass a background check, have a good driving record, and complete the CHP Senior Volunteer Training Program.

The new recruits will attend a one-week Senior Volunteer Training Academy in early May, and then take on such duties as:

Senior Volunteer recruits at orientation - photo by Gina ClugstonAssisting with traffic compliance; setting out radar trailers; delivering vehicles to and from the shop; administrative office duties; meeting and greeting the public; assisting at fairs, festivals and events; delivering documents to court or CHP Central Division; preparing Emergency Medical Responder bags; researching registration violations; and basically “flying the colors” to serve as a visual deterrent where needed.

Officers Kaci Lutz and Brian Casey led the recruits through their orientation on Friday, Apr. 1, and during their Training Academy in May the volunteers will be instructed by officers specializing in various disciplines, from CPR to vehicle codes.

CHP Volunteer“We’re very grateful for your service,” Officer Casey told the group. “We look forward to being good counterparts and friends, and we’re completely invested in you.”

This is the first foray into the Senior Volunteer Program for the Oakhurst Area CHP Office. They will be looking for new recruits some time this summer, and offering another academy in the fall.

For more information on how you can become a volunteer, call Officer Kaci Lutz at 559-658-6611.

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