Spokane C.O.P.S launches new temporary service to help seniors

SPOKANE, Wash.– The Spokane C.O.P.S. crime prevention service is launching a new program to help seniors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spokane C.O.P.S. Executive Director Patrick Striker told 4 News Now the service for elderly community members started Friday, March 27. Staff and volunteers visit elderly people shut-in and pick up pet food, medication or groceries if they need help.

“This is a great community here in Spokane and our volunteers are with us because they want to serve this community and take care of this community,” Striker said.

Striker and Tamra Brannon visited Bernadine Howell Friday. She’s a longtime C.O.P.S. volunteer that’s had to stay at home during the pandemic. She believes each person can make a difference during this hard time.

“Do what you’re supposed to do and be nice to each other and see if you can help somebody else,” Howell said.

Family members/friends or the person in-need can call the C.O.P.S. main office at 509-625-3300 to coordinate.

Striker said all staff and volunteers will be carry identification, be in a marked car, and wear a uniform.

This offering is based on availability of personnel. Striker said they will do their best to do complete all check-in requests. Initial hours will run from 9-5 every day of the week. This service will run through April 10. It will be extended if needed, according to Striker.

Learn more about volunteering for this program or another C.O.P.S. service here.

Spokane C.O.P.S. was established as a nonprofit in 1992 to promote and support a safe community.

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