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Oro Valley police adds 85 volunteers to beef up holiday patrols

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Holiday patrols are in full swing and police are beefing up their presence until New Year's Day.

Oro Valley police also get an additional boost from their volunteers.

Mike Hennings is one of them. 

“Seven days a week, we have as many as four patrol units just going out throughout from 7 a.m. as late as 6 p.m. at night."

Hennings lives in Oro Valley. He is now retired and is working to help keep the community safe.

“I enjoy giving back to the public, I enjoy serving the town of Oro Valley and trying to help the town of Oro Valley become a safer community," he said.

Lt. Kara Riley said there are 85 volunteers. They range from 40-something to 85.

“It's really helpful to have that extra set of eyes and ears to  provide information,” said Riley.

OVPD volunteers also patrol schools, businesses and neighborhoods looking for suspicious activity.

“I saw an older Aerostar Van,” Hennings said.

It was backed into a parking spot. 

“What was unusual was the front bumper had been knocked off and the windows were rolled down, and it looked like it been used for a joy ride," Hennings said.

He called in for an officer. They soon learned the van had been stolen out of Tucson the day before.

The volunteers also do foot patrols in the shopping centers.

“We're looking to make sure all the cars are locked and secure," Hennings said. "Making sure, of course, there is no package that somebody could break into the car and get into them.”

For holiday safety tips from OVPD, click here.

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