KALISPELL, Mont. - A group of Flathead Sheriff's volunteers needs help. The Flathead County Sheriff's Posse volunteers at crime scenes, and handles crowds at big events. The problem is there aren't enough volunteers.
"One of the issues you have with a volunteer organization is that you have family issues, you have job issues, you have health issues. You get good people in, but they essentially will move away for a better job or just their job changes and they can't dedicate the time that they used to," said John Goroski, a Flathead County Sheriff's Posse member.
Goroski has been with the Posse for years and he says it's about brotherhood.
The Flathead County Sheriff's Office calls upon the posse when they need additional people to help them.
"Primarily, we want to make sure our deputies and other law enforcement are able to stay on the road and serve the public," Goroski said.
This week, the Posse is bringing a law enforcement presence to the Northwest Montana Fair. Other times, they are preserving crime scenes or working detention duty.
They are not paid. They are all volunteers and all their equipment is self-supplied, even their horses.
"For us and for the taxpayers, the main benefit for us is having that additional manpower that really is at no additional cost to us," said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.
But for Goroski and other posse members, it is not about money.
"Members of the public come up and they thank you. That, in itself, is the biggest pay you can get," Goroski said.
Most of the volunteers have other jobs. Goroski had to take the week off to volunteer at the fair. He wouldn't have to do that if there were more members.
As of now, the Posse is recruiting by word of mouth, but Curry explained to NBC Montana why people should look into joining.
"It's a great way to be involved in the periphery of law enforcement and provide a valuable community service," Curry said.
For Goroski, that's exactly what it's about.
"We do it because we enjoy doing it," said Goroski.
Anyone who is interested in applying to be a Flathead County Sheriff's Posse member should visit their website or call the Flathead County Sheriff's office.
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