By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin conducted the oath of office for the first three members of the Citizen’s Patrol at the April 23, 2019, city council meeting.
As members of the Citizen’s Patrol; Sally Dagna, George DeWitt, and Barbara Heidel received limited police commissions allowing them to write tickets for misdemeanors or infraction level violations.
Elwin explained they will continue to assist the police force with parade and event support as they have done in the past, but will also “support patrol operations, enforce certain parking ordinances, and otherwise supplement officers' work in the community.”
He went on to praise their willingness to volunteer their time, “This country is based on volunteers. Volunteerism is one the deepest and most foundational roots of our country.”
Dagna and DeWitt are long-time police volunteers who bring significant community experience and knowledge.
Heidel is a frequent city council meeting attendee and has provided feedback to the city council on a number of issues.
All three Citizen’s Patrol members underwent criminal background and reference checks. As well they are graduates of the ten-week Mill Creek Police Citizen’s Academy where they received training on police operations and procedures such as traffic control, security checks, and investigation of certain traffic or parking-related offenses.
Elwin explained that although many volunteers have attended the Mill Creek Police Citizen’s Academy; Dagna, DeWitt, and Heidel are the first to take the additional step of becoming part of the Citizen’s Patrol.
Front row (left to right): Sally Dagna, Barbara Heidel, George DeWitt, and Chief Greg Elwin. City council in back row (left to right): Mark Bond, John Steckler, Vince Cavaleri, Pam Pruitt, Stephanie Vignal, Brian Holtzclaw, and Mike Todd. Photo credit: Joni Kirk.