10/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Volunteers Taking On Patrol Duties Of Under-Staffed Police Forces

The National Association of Citizens on Patrol, a Corona, Calif., nonprofit that promotes civilian volunteerism in law enforcement, says there are about 5,000 citizen patrol units working alongside police departments in the U.S., up 25% from 2008. "This is a sign of the economy," says Art Femister, the group's president. "The number of patrols is just going up and up and up."

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