Meet Our Volunteers
Volunteers play an invaluable role in the Ferndale Police Department, cheerfully putting in many hours of their own time in service to their community and our organization. We hope that learning a little about these people and the jobs they do may encourage others to volunteer, too.
In April 1999, the Ferndale Police Department, in conjunction with Key Bank, initiated the
Senior Citizens on Patrol Enhancement (S.C.O.P.E) volunteer program.
S.C.O.P.E. volunteers are valuable and important members of our Department, as what they do frees up regular patrol officers to handle higher priority calls. S.C.O.P.E. officers issue tickets for disabled parking violations, perform security checks on vacant homes, operate the radar reader board and issue warning letters to speeders, and assist with traffic control during parades and other special events.
S.C.O.P.E. volunteers must be between the ages of 55 to 70 and available to volunteer one shift per week for at least nine months of the year. Qualified volunteers must have the abilities to perform assigned duties. They must hold a valid driver's license and be willing to be involved in training (initially 12 to 16 hours.)
Uniforms, badges and identification cards will be provided by the city, with the volunteer providing a black belt and black shoes.
If you're interested in becoming a S.C.O.P.E officer, please contact Lieutenant Matt Huffman by email or phone 360-384-3390 extension 5724.
Community Services Officer Bobbi Ferguson
Bobbi Ferguson applied to become a SCOPE officer in April 2015. While awaiting her uniform and commission, she spent some time volunteering in the front office, where she learned of our need for a crime prevention program. With her education in management, many years of experience in leadership positions, plus prior work in law enforcement, she seemed a natural to re-invent and invigorate our stagnant Crime Prevention and Block Watch programs. On June 2, 2015, she was sworn in as Ferndale’s new Community Services Officer – as well as a SCOPE officer!
As president of the Board of Directors of the Correll Park Homeowners Association (an over 55 active community) Bobbi has seen numerous examples of senior citizens being scammed or otherwise victimized by criminals who prey on the vulnerable. One of her first priorities is to meet with various senior groups around the city to give them the information they need to protect and empower themselves.
Bobbi states: “I have been blessed with a solid education from Pepperdine University that teaches ‘Freely you receive and freely you give.’ My goal now is to actively give and make a difference in my community. I can’t think of a finer Department to belong to than the Ferndale Police Department. They make a difference every day.”
If you are interested in setting up a Block Watch in your neighborhood, or would like Bobbi to speak to a group or otherwise assist, call her at 360-483-5753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Officer Mike Chaplin - Retired
Mike Chaplin recently left our department after volunteering here
since 2008, working in the areas of radio and satellite public safety communications. Mike put in countless hours refitting an old ambulance into what has become one of the most sophisticated mobile communications platforms in Whatcom County;
set up our Emergency Operations Center; wrote the city's Emergency Operations
Plan, and performed a myriad of other duties and functions, saving the city
countless thousands of dollars with his willingness to volunteer and share his
extensive knowledge and expertise. We miss you Mike! The words
"thank you" cannot adequately express our gratitude for all you did for the city
and our department. Best of luck to you!
Office Volunteer Cody Marlow
Cody began doing clerical work for us in the Records Section in December 2013, on his days off from the U.S. Coastguard, where he is a Boatswains Mate 3rd Class. Cody has a great interest in police work, and recently earned his Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Basic Boarding Officer certificate at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC. Although working at a desk job isn't nearly as exciting as chasing bad guys on the high seas, Cody sees where there is a need and steps up to get the job done, no matter how mundane the task. We truly appreciate his help!