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.
Communications Officer Mike Chaplin
Mike Chaplin has been a volunteer with the Ferndale Police Department since 2008, working in the areas of radio and satellite public safety communications. Mike has put in countless hours refitting an old ambulance into what has become one of the most sophisticated mobile communications platforms in Whatcom County; the vehicle can provide for the continuation of public safety services to the community during a disaster should emergency communication channels and telephone services be interrupted.
The refitting of the vehicle was made possible by funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the generous volunteer efforts of Mike, as well as Steve Liebrant, who provided the interior metal fabrication and design, and Frank Rempel who provided the upholstery.
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 Bill Hatchett by email or phone 360-384-3390 extension 5723.