The goal was to add an additional 40 people to the existing 200 police volunteers. They support 264 officers and 30 auxiliary police members.
Police Chief Frank Elsner, speaking to the capacity crowd in council chambers, said police and its volunteers work together because everyone has the same goals and are part of the same community.
“The people are the police -- and the police are the people,” Elsner said.
After the opening address, the heads of the police's volunteer force -- including the auxiliary, Citizens on Patrol, Storefront, Lions Eye in the Sky, the Chief’s Youth Advisory Council and the police museum -- made their pitches to potential volunteers. Then they were invited to attend an information session of their choosing.
Volunteers also manned booths in the lobby of Tom Davies Square and answered questions. One volunteer, Janick Cyac Guy, a member of the Chief’s Youth Advisory Council, said it's rewarding work.
“Volunteering is worthwhile since it is a way to gain experience, get a foot in the door and give back to Sudbury,” Guy said.
Events co-ordinator Sheila Kelly-Petrin said she was happy with the turnout, since supporting the force is important for everyone.
“Volunteers are the voice of the community and remind Sudbury police about what’s important,” she said.
Although figures weren't released, organizers said they received several applications – many more than they had expected.