- Associated Press - Saturday, November 14, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha police are set to honor volunteers, handicap parking patrollers and chaplains who donate their time and service to the Omaha Police Department.

The Annual OPD Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Westside Community Conference Center.

Police say volunteers are not used to replace sworn or other paid positions within the department, but to enhance the efficiency of the agency.

The Omaha Police Department has about 125 volunteers who serve in all aspects of police service. Over the last year, volunteers have contributed almost 15,000 hours to the department, worth more than $250,000.

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