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We love our volunteers!
Gwinnett County thanks all of those who volunteer their time and talents to make a positive impact in our organization and the Gwinnett community. In 2015, our volunteers contributed more than 1,040,378 hours, providing the County with a labor value of more than $24 million, and exceeding our goal of 1 million volunteer hours by 2015! Here’s how we’ve shown our appreciation to our volunteers:
Gwinnett celebrates National Volunteer Week: April 10 - 16, 2016

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recognized April 10 – 16 as National Volunteer Week in Gwinnett. Volunteer Gwinnett liaisons and volunteers attended the presentation to thank dedicated volunteers for their generous support, community service, and positive impact in the community.

The Gwinnett County Police Department recognized 16 volunteers on June 14 for receiving their Presidential Service Awards. Pictured below are Sue Voorhees, who received the Gold Package for volunteering 785 hours; Russell Prevost, who received the Bronze Package for volunteering 213 hours; and Christina Weber, who received the Bronze Package for volunteering 148 hours.

 
  Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation held its Volunteer Reception on March 12 to recognize the valuable contributions of the volunteers who have dedicated their time to GCPR in 2015. GCPR presented 121 volunteers with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, including 76 Bronze, 23 Silver, and 22 Gold. The Silver Star Award was presented to Doris Warpole for serving more than 2,200 hours. GCPR sincerely thanks all of the 2015 volunteers and the important role they have in our community. A special thanks to Dave and Busters, Duluth location, for generously sponsoring this event.

Gwinnett County Health and Human Services held a special recognition luncheon for its volunteers on May 24 at the Garden Plaza Lawrenceville for their generous support with assisting seniors throughout the year. Volunteers contributed 91,971 hours in 2015.

The Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service made 1,424 educational presentations to youth and adult groups in 2015. In addition, Gwinnett Extension also held its annual Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Luncheon and Awards at the Bethesda Park Senior Center on April 19: 100 volunteers received awards and recognition for their generous service contributions, 23 volunteers contributed 100+ hours, seven volunteers contributed 200+ hours, two volunteers contributed 300+ hours, and one volunteer, Virginia Pollari, contributed 610 hours in 2015. Sharon Cassidy was also presented with an award for volunteering 30 years of service.

 

Volunteer Program Spotlight: Citizens Police Academy
  The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed to educate citizens of Gwinnett about their police department and how officers enforce local and state laws. The goal of the CPA is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible, well informed citizens who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and the delivery of services. The CPA is open to all Gwinnett County residents 18 years of age or older who successfully pass the application process and a driver's and criminal history check.
The CPA consists of nine weeks of both classroom and practical application. Some of the activities include the following:

  • Mock criminal trials with the District Attorney's office
  • Police department and jail tours
  • Pullover simulations
  • Use a Firearms Training System (computer generated imagery to simulate shoot/don't shoot situations)
  • K-9
  • SWAT
  • Communications Center/911

Currently, there are two academies per year; one in the spring and another in the fall and applications are considered in the order they were received. If you are selected to participate, you will receive a letter from the Training Division sent to the address on your application. An application can be downloaded here or from the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association’s website: www.gwinnettcpa.com.

For more information, contact citizenpoliceacademy@gwinnettcounty.com.