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Bradenton Police Department taps retired officers to follow up with victims


The Bradenton Police Department has a plan to help the long arm of the law reach farther at less cost. The department is looking for retired law enforcement officials who can volunteer some time.

Participants with Volunteers in Police Service will assist sworn officers by following up with victims of misdemeanor cases, said Sgt. L.J. Millard. "It could be a theft, or a battery, or a cold case," she said.

"A victim may remember something days later, a name, or something else that was stolen, something that could help with the case. Sometimes our officers don't have time to follow up."

The department uses volunteers in other areas, but this is the first time it is requesting the help of trained law enforcement officers. "It's the chief's idea," Millard said, referring to Police Chief Michael Radzilowski. "We have such a wealth of retirees here. You never know; we may get a volunteer with a specialty we can tap into."

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have no criminal history, pass all background checks, and be a former law enforcement officer in any state.

Call Millard at 932-9300, Ext. 351, or e-mail lj.millard@cityofbradenton.com


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