Chelsea COP honored at 17th awards meeting

Published 11:58 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016

COP Director Jim Thornton said the group’s 31 active members volunteered 44,920 hours from when they started through the end of last year.

The COP filed more than 60 incident reports, 35 percent more than 2014, and members logged 6,378 volunteer hours, a 59-percent increase from 2014, Thornton said.

“I think we managed to cover the area pretty well,” Thornton said.

Chelsea COP members stand together at the 17th annual COP awards meeting. (Contributed)

Chelsea COP members stand together at the 17th annual COP awards meeting. (Contributed)

The COP gained 13 new members in 2015 and provided 535 patrols.

COP members patrolled the city’s nine zones more than 1,600 times, and were involved in more than 260 activities, Thornton said.

COP member and Chelsea City Councilman Dale Neuendorf presented Mayor Earl Niven with a “check” bearing the monetary equivalent of the volunteer hours logged by COP members in 2015. The amount was $201,000, compared to $112,000 in 2014.

Niven said the COP is “still as strong today as is has ever been” since forming about 17 years ago.

“In Chelsea, we say it’s all about family,” Niven said. “Thank you very much, COP.”

Deputies from the SCSO and the Montgomery Police Department were present, along with members of Chelsea Fire and Rescue, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego and former Sheriff Chris Curry and his wife Pam.

Whiskers catered the catfish dinner. A table set for one person symbolized remembrance of COP members who have passed.