Public Service Aides help police handle traffic calls

PSAs are the newest group of volunteers to join the Clay County Sheriff's Office

Author: Joy Purdy, 5:30, 6:30 and 11 p.m. anchor, jpurdy@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 07 2014 10:18:57 PM EST
Green Cove Springs, Florida -

They're lessening your wait time for an officer after you've been involved in a traffic incident.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office knew that less wait time would be music to drivers' ears. That's why today, the sheriff proudly welcomed to the fold a special group of citizens; volunteers who will respond to, and help document fender-benders and other minor traffic incidents.

Sheriff Rick Beseler explained that this group of volunteers will prevent citizens from waiting extended amounts of time, because a responding officer may be tied up handling a prior situation.

The volunteers are called PSAs; Public Service Aides.

After completing specified training through the sheriff's office, the small volunteer group was given old squad cars with new markings and emergency lights, bright yellow uniforms, bullet proof vests, and ID's.

The PSAs will also have radios which they'll use to call an officer if a traffic situation warrants police intervention.

Sheriff Beseler hopes to add more volunteers to this group of traffic scouts, and other areas within the department.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office.