Research strongly associates volunteering to stronger communities, measurable health benefits, individual academic achievement and community participation. Below is but a small attempt to begin recognizing the time and resources available through the City’s many and varied volunteer opportunities.
Judge William Crawford. Inspired by a host of community volunteers, 68th District Court Judge William H. Crawford, II recently completed the 6 week program to become an official member of the Blue Badge Volunteer Corps.
The program hosted by the City of Flint, is held at the Flint Police Department’s Police Academy. Filled by volunteers, the program teaches all manner of neighborhood and community safety.Flint police instructor Tanya Meeks and a wide variety of guest speakers teach volunteers basic terminology, first aid awareness, conflict avoidance and report taking along with other matters.
Those who complete the program are certified to assist at police mini-stations, help direct traffic and act as eyes and ears in their neighborhoods.
The program strongly emphasizes personal safety and leaving all conflict resolution to trained law enforcement personnel. Judge Crawford became involved in the program to learn what was being taught and to see how he could help in these trying times. Crawford was most impressed by the professionalism of the instructors and the enthusiasm and dedication of his classmates. He noted that all of those involved, many of whom live outside of the city, were completely focused on making our city safer and stemming the tide of crime and violence. Judge Crawford highly recommends the program to those looking for ways to help in their community.