CAPs resignation a sad day

Remember these numbers — 11,000 and $252,146.

When all 23 members of the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP) tendered their resignations this week over a revised operations manual, the town immediately lost 11,000 volunteer hours and $252,146 worth of work done for the town — largely for the police department.

It’s a shame it’s come to this.

The council members who voted to make changes to the manual cited a need to make things more professional and “give legislative oversight to their organization,” according to one of those councilmen, Perry Mitchell.

We understand that. Though the CAP members reported to the chief of police previously, they did in fact represent the town in general. We can’t fault the council members for feeling that way.

But 11,000 and $252,146? From people who volunteered their time and energy to try to improve the quality of life for the entire town? Surely, there had to be a way to reach a suitable conclusion there.

One thing that has helped the growth of the Coastal Point since its inception is the fantastic stable of interns we are able to accumulate every summer. These are volunteers who are journalism students and really want to just pick up some experience over the summer.

Well, they usually get more than they bargained for, and they carry a lot of the weight around here when the regular staff is bursting from being overworked during the busy season. They do research and write stories, and they basically just help out wherever there is a need.

Now, in the interests of full disclosure, we’ll allow that they march to their own beat here. They usually have other jobs, and we give them first priority there. They are basically volunteers, after all, and we’re grateful for their help.

We wish there was a way for Ocean View to keep theirs.