The Aberdeen Police Department is rolling out a new program thanks to a generous donation by Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships. Lieutenant C. J. Chastain said in a press release that the dealership recently donated a 2017 Buick Encore, which the department will use for volunteer patrols. Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS) members while conduct Citizen Patrol activities. Chastain said for the department, “Our thanks go out to Rich Hartman and his Five Star Dealerships for working with us, by providing this valuable resource to get the program rolling.”

The press release explained that “Part of the Aberdeen Police Department Mission Statement reads, ‘…, we are committed to achieving trusted problem-solving partnerships, …’ Our department is proud to report one of these important partnerships is with the recent sponsorship by Rich Hartman and his Five Star Dealerships.”

The VIPS program is scheduled to officially kick off the second week of August. The department said it will “be another problem-solving partnership, as citizens within our community actively participate with our department to make Aberdeen safer.”

Volunteers will assist with business checks, vacation residence checks, special events, clerical activities at the station and administrative support. Sgt. Steve Timmons (the program coordinator) reports he currently has 8 people committed to participate, and he is looking for another 5-7 interested people.

If you have some free time and want to join the Aberdeen Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS) program, please contact Sgt. Steve Timmons at 360-538-4445.