What are the people doing who walk around in the gray police uniforms downtown?

Q: What are the people doing who walk around in the gray police uniforms downtown? They don't have a gun or anything. Are they police officers?

A: You are seeing our police service volunteers who generously donate many hours of their time to both the Ashland Police Department and the City of Ashland. The volunteers wear a uniform while on duty and, depending on the program, may drive a police vehicle. The following information was provided by Olaf Paul who helps to coordinate the V.I.P.S. program for APD:

The Volunteers in Police Service (V.I.P.S.) program is a national program which provides support and resources for law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for community members who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency. Local V.I.P.S programs offer direct volunteer opportunities and conduct their own screening, recruitment and placement. For more information, contact Olaf Paul at the Ashland Police Dept. Telephone: 482-5211 ext. 2963.

In Ashland, the programs offered are:

D.A. Courier Vacation House Check Downtown Foot Patrol Bicycle Patrol Provide security for special events Overseeing the digital radar board Providing back up for the School Guards

Q: I need to get fingerprinted for a job. Can I do that at APD?

A: Yes. We have fingerprinting available at APD on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon every week. The fee is $12 for the first card and $6 for each additional card. The money must be paid using cash or check only. The Ashland Police Department has recently obtained an ink-less fingerprinting machine so the process is now a little less messy. Fingerprinting is done at the main department, 1155 E. Main St., not at the contact station located near the Plaza.

Send your questions to Ask-Apd@ashland.or.us