Danville police volunteer Paul Cowell has been honored for years of service to the town through the department's Volunteer In Policing (VIP) program.
Cowell has contributed 659 hours during 2013 while serving through the Contra Costa County Sheriff's All Volunteer Extended Services (SAVES) program, which is more that any other volunteer from the program, according to Danville police Lt. Allan Shields.
"Paul has performed every volunteer position the department has offered and has helped reduce crime and bring community awareness through his efforts with the police department," said Shields, who added that Cowell has been volunteering since February 2003.
In the VIP program, Cowell has helped target crime prevention and education, as well as provided organization for the VIP team by being a senior member.
In addition, he volunteers in the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office chaplain program -- where he provides crisis response, death notifications, counseling and support.
Cowell can often be seen volunteering around Danville with his wife Susan -- another longtime volunteer in the VIP program.