As part of their training, a select group of Protective Services students at Springdale Job Corps Center in Oregon participate in Citizens Patrol. Citizens Patrol is an all-volunteer group in east Multnomah County that work with the Sheriff’s Department to patrol parks and other public areas. The students involved go out on patrols with volunteers and get experience writing parking warnings, directing traffic, and working with the public.
As part of their training this year, students Zachary Buckman and Seth Cornett worked at the tree lighting ceremony in downtown Troutdale, Oregon. Employment Specialist Thomas Reed went with them to observe and enjoy the celebration. “We had a good time,” said Seth. “I like the Citizen’s Patrol. It’s good experience.”
The Citizen’s Patrol is overseen by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Graziano, who trains new volunteers. Students who work with Citizen’s Patrol work directly with Deputy Graziano to learn how to do their jobs. Thomas Reed appreciates the unique experience students gain from working in the program. “This is a great hands-on opportunity for students who are interested in law enforcement,” he says. “It gives them access to another set of skills they might not get in other settings.”
Springdale Job Corps Center is happy to work with our neighbors to make our community safer!