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:
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.