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Manteca SHARP grows to 75 members

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Manteca SHARP grows to 75 members

New SHARP member Jerry Weed gets his badge pinned by Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker on Thursday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED July 31, 2009 1:53 a.m.
The Manteca Police Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police unit otherwise known as SHARP just increased in size.

On Thursday, eight of the 10 new volunteers were administered the oath of office by Karen McLaughlin, City of Manteca assistant city manager.

The group consisting of William John, Linda LaRock, Richard Montgomery, Leandra Malone, Gina Peverini, Susan Ryan, JoAnne Spellman, Jerry Weed, Mary Anne Zornes, and John Perry also received their official badges from Manteca Police Department Chief David Bricker.

The addition of the newcomers increased SHARP to 75 members dedicated to helping improve the community.

“I hope you will have fun (as a SHARP member),” said Lieutenant Martin Oertwig, who welcomed the group of new volunteers at the meeting held in the Council Chambers.

Those with at least three months of patrol will soon be able to issue citations.

Among the duties of SHARP, as specified by Oertwig, are house checks, taking down garage sale signs, vehicle abatement, and graffiti cleanup.

According to SHARP Capt. Jack Snyder, SHARP was started in 1991 by Mayor Willie Weatherford, who was the police chief back then.

“It was during the recession of the 1990s,” Weatherford recalled.

Since then, SHARP’s primary goal has been to provide assistance and support to local police and other departments within the city government.

Weatherford is proud of the role of SHARP.

“The work you do is invaluable,” he said to the group. “Thank you for all that you do.”

City Manager Steve Pinkerton, who encouraged volunteerism, added that SHARP contributes to the quality of life in Manteca.

“You’ve served as our source of inspiration,” he said.

SHARP is gearing up for Tuesday’s National Night Out event at Library Park. From there, the volunteers will be assigned areas consisting of the neighborhood parties.

Last year’s National Night Out in Manteca featured 37 such gatherings, according to Lt. Dick Bishop.

In addition, SHARP is looking for someone to train on the computer to input parking citations.

“We’re looking for someone who would enjoy working on computers, entering new volunteers, keeping up the monthly roster, and keeping up the schedule for volunteers and vehicles,” Snyder said.
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