The Idaho Falls Police Department relies on volunteer citizens to help, and they need more.
From patrols to tagging abandoned vehicles, the citizens watch helps the IFPD.
Diane Schwartzenberger has been a member since 2012.
“Paying back, you know I’ve never really been in trouble with the law, but I didn’t know another way to pay back than to become citizens watch,” says Schwartzenberger
Earl Harryman was with the Idaho Falls Police Department and has spent over 40 years in law enforcement.
“There’s a point where you feel it’s all you know. I pretty much know law enforcement frontward’s and backwards and I know what’s needed from the citizens as well as what’s needed from law enforcement,” says Harryman.
Being a part of the program is something they say is rewarding.
“It’s a way of helping my fellow officers as well as the comradery I have with so many of them,” says Harryman.
“I really just feel good when I go to bed at night that I was able to do something good for somebody else,” says Schwartzenberger
If you’d like to be a part of the citizens watch patrol, you can visit the city’s website here.