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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO : Lungren to Honor Police, Volunteers

State Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren will assist Mayor Collene Campbell today in honoring the city’s police force and its senior citizen civilian volunteers.

Since the city began its Associated Senior Action Program in 1992, volunteers have worked more than 18,000 hours in various city jobs that otherwise would need to be done by law enforcement personnel. City officials estimate that the volunteers’ donated time has saved the city more than $217,000 while enabling sheriff’s deputies to do more police work.

The tasks the volunteers do include making home checks, visiting elderly and shut-in residents, administering the city’s bicycle registration program, doing clerical work and performing other tasks.

“They’ve put in so much time,” Campbell said Tuesday of the 28 senior volunteers.

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Campbell said she is proud of how the city, despite having to cut $140,000 from its general fund budget of $10.2 million, has continued to make public safety a top priority.

“I think we’re a small city that has been able to put forces together,” Campbell said.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. The public is invited.


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