ANTIOCH -- The Volunteer in Police Services program, or VIPS, has helped relieve some of the burden on the city's short-staffed Police Department.

VIPS handles some of the smaller and more mundane law-enforcement issues in the city, as well as providing traffic control at major accidents and crime scenes.

In 2012, VIPS worked 10,452.50 hours, with its work valued at $243,438.73, according to statistics presented last week by Chief Allan Cantando.

Here's a look at what the volunteers handled in 2012:

  • Calls for abandoned cars, RVs, boats and trailers: 1,830

  • Vehicles tagged: 1,308

  • Vehicles towed: 464

  • Recovered stolen vehicles: 69

  • Signs removed: 4,831

  • Handicap and other tickets: 738

  • Vacation house checks: 954

  • Extra patrols: 2,952

  • School/park checks: 5,710

    Antioch's program is recruiting new field service volunteers. Applications are due March 15. Those interested are invited to attend an orientation at 6 p.m. March 4 in the police department's community room, 300 L St.

    Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.