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Volunteers sought for park patrol

SUWANEE — The Suwanee Police Department is asking for volunteers to help make the city’s parks safer and more inviting.

Under the park ambassador program, slated to begin in June, volunteers will patrol Suwanee’s park areas, reporting any damage or “suspicious individuals” they see, as well as offering basic information to visitors, Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones said.

“These ambassadors will be our eyes and ears in the parks,” Jones said. “We envision that these volunteers, in cooperation with the police department, will ultimately enhance the safety and friendliness of Suwanee’s greenway and parks.”

Identified by their bright yellow T-shirts, park ambassadors will not have any law enforcement powers. They will simply be trained to “be sentinels who can assist residents and alert the police department or public works department” to matters that may require their attention, city spokeswoman Lynne DeWilde said.

All potential volunteers must undergo a criminal background check, and have their own transportation and access to a cell phone and computer. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old.

Those interested must sign up by Monday by contacting Officer Elias Casanas at ecasanas@suwanee.com or 770-904-7612.

A training program for volunteers will take place at 6:30 p.m. on May 31.