Pictured above is on the left Wayne Wilson Lodge ER and Robert H. Myers Lodge treasurer. Myers is a retired Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. He now serves as a volunteer with the Petaluma Police department. The donation from the Petaluma Elks was in the amount of 1,079.00 raised at the benefit breakfast held at the lodge
A breakfast was held at the lodge in tribute to the Petaluma Police Volunteer Program comprised of over 60 PPD members/volunteers (ages ranging from 15 to 93 years old) who donate over 4,700 hours a year to increase the health and safety of Petaluma. The volunteers and their families were treated to a great breakfast and which different members of the volunteer program were acknowledged for their service. The Petaluma Elks served 170 breakfasts to the volunteers and their families.
There are three categories. Volunteers, Chaplains and Interns who perform duties for the Police Department that do not require sworn police officers, such as delivering paper/reports to the County Court House or Petaluma City Hall, driving vehicles for maintenance or update of equipment, cars to the car wash, traffic control at events and such. These volunteers receive no compensation for their time spent except that their uniforms are provided by the Police Department.
PDD members have created task force teams that provide year round support inside and outside of the department. In addition to receiving volunteers from the local high schools, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the greater community (Elks are volunteers too), they have Interns from Sonoma State University who are studying Criminal Justice and Chaplains. The PPD offers Junior Police Camps, Explores Program and a Community Academy in which our volunteers are a major asset.