The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers tonight. The event will take place at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore 21244. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Colonel Robert McCullough, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, will present awards to five volunteers, 13 chaplains, 38 members of the Police Auxiliary Team, and two retired police officers who offer their assistance on cases. These members volunteered approximately 10,000 hours in 2018.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 7 to 13.