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100-year-old volunteer helps police department

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Some people call it a second police department in Delray Beach.

More than 250 volunteers help keep you safe and work at the police station.


Many of them are retired, the oldest is Nat Price at 100.

He goes on patrol twice a week. He spends his time driving through parks and shopping plazas, mostly looking for anything suspicious.

"[If] they're walking around, you see them going from one door to the other, you know they're trying to break in," he explains he's caught kids breaking into cars in the past.

The long-retired accountant from Massachusetts doesn't carry a gun and he can't arrest you. But he radios for officers to help with emergencies.

"He's willing to work, he comes here and he puts in a solid day's work every time he comes," explains Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman.

The chief calls volunteers an "unbelievable asset." Many of them enforce parking meters on the beach by writing tickets. Others handle administrative tasks in the office.

The department's leader determined volunteers would make about $17 an hour, if they were paid. He says the volunteers work about 35,000 hours a year; saving the city $600,000 annually.

"It keeps me active, I do a lot of things," Price says.

While his work makes a difference in the community, he says the position might make a bigger difference for his life than others.

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