In 2006, Lincoln County Sheriff Dan Torres started the Welcoming In Senior Helpers (WISH) program as a way to incorporate the skills and expertise of senior citizens into the Sheriff’s Office. The WISH program gives seniors a greater insight into the day to day operations while helping to enhance the Sheriff’s Office.
In June of this year, Sheriff Cottle began modernizing and implementing a paperless records division. In the past, police reports and other documentation were once printed and placed in folders for safe keeping. Now, they are scanned and held in a secure server.
“We knew this process was going to be a large undertaking but it only makes sense in the day we live in,” said Sheriff Cottle. “Our seniors in Lincoln County are extremely skilled and can help us achieve our paperless goal.”
WISH program volunteers are asked to commit a few hours a week to help with light clerical work.
Lincoln County senior volunteers who participate are treated to lunch on the days they volunteer. The WISH Program is only available to Senior Citizens, 55+ years old, residing in Lincoln County.
Seniors must fill out an application and past a background check. WISH program applications are found at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Any senior resident experiencing transportation issues can call and have an application delivered to their residence by a deputy.
Volunteer applications are also found on the Sheriff’s website, www.LCSDMO.com under the forms section.