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Here to Help: Police Ride-Along

February 11, 2015

There are opportunities to serve everywhere—even in the passenger seat of a police car. In the latest episode of “Here to Help,” producer Devan Butler takes you on a ride-along with volunteer police workers. He learned that some of the most needed service is waiting to be done in your own neighborhood.

“We believe that police can’t do their jobs properly without citizens stepping up and assisting—seeing something, saying something,” says Detective Dennis McGowan of the Salt Lake City Police Department. “We just have to get the community involved to be able to accomplish our mission in a proper fashion.”

Butler did not witness serious criminal activity, but he realized that did not diminish the value of his service.

“I thought we didn’t help anyone, but the police appreciated our presence on the streets,” he says. “It is easy to think that whatever service you are doing is in vain. The lesson is that your actions are making a difference, whether you see it or not.”

Not everyone can volunteer with the police, but there are countless ways for you to help your community. The secret to successful service is making time for it. Butler suggests scheduling part of each day or week with some sort of service. He guarantees you won’t regret it.

“You can never walk away from serving with a bad feeling. It is the best way to make your own life better. If you don’t feel better afterward, you never have to do it again,” he declares with a smile.

Learn more about his experience and how you can have one like it by listening to this episode of “Here to Help.”