You Can Make a Difference as a County of Orange Volunteer!
On April 20, 2010, Chair Janet Nguyen presented Wayne Buser with a Board Resolution in recognition of his exceptional volunteer contributions to the Orange County Probation Department.
Pictured from left to right - Board Chair Janet Nguyen, VPO Wayne Buser, former Chief Probation Officer Colleene Preciado & current Chief Probation Officer Steven Sentman
Members of the Volunteers In Probation and Volunteer Probation Officer programs assist the Orange County Probation Department in its mission to enhance community safety. They work in a variety of assignments, often directly with juvenile and adult probationers. Their efforts demonstrate the importance of citizen involvement in reducing crime throughout Orange County.
In October 1999, Wayne Buser became a Volunteer In Probation (VIP), providing tutoring and educational assistance to incarcerated youths at Juvenile Hall and Youth Guidance Center. Most of the young people that he tutored were academically at-risk, working far below grade level in reading and math. Through Wayne’s intervention, many of the teens improved their test scores and advanced academically. In addition to working directly with the juveniles, he provided staff support in administering the program and mentored other volunteer tutors.
Wayne’s service with the VIP program during those first few years was exemplary, and the more he worked with incarcerated youths, the more he realized that they held a very limited perspective of the world. Out of that realization grew "Wayne's World,” a pictorial, educational program geared for teens that featured many of the fascinating countries that Wayne visited over a lifetime of international travel. The presentation was a popular activity at Probation’s juvenile facilities, and it was credited with introducing troubled teens to other cultures and customs that exist far beyond their local neighborhoods.
In April 2003, Wayne assumed a higher level of responsibility by completing the advanced Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) training program. VPOs undergo 36 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of on-the-job training. They perform duties similar to those of the department's deputy probation officer.
Wayne’s first assignment as a VPO involved working with officers responsible for managing the supervision of sex offenders. His knowledge and expertise in computer technology enhanced the unit’s effectiveness in several areas, especially in providing public access to the newly implemented Megan's Law computer database. Beyond his technical support with this project, Wayne assumed a leadership role in organizing and managing the department’s debut of the initial computer access at several public venues, including the Dana Point Public Safety Fair and the Orange County Fair.
As a VPO, Wayne has provided exceptional service for the Adult Sex Offender and Special Supervision Units. He often draws upon his prior business and professional experiences to address challenging issues. He is currently recognized statewide among probation professionals as a subject matter expert in the area of Global Positioning Satellite technology and its appropriate use in augmenting probation supervision. With the increased use of this technology, the Orange County Probation Department looks to Wayne for assistance with training, technical support and expert advice related to the field.
Wayne’s strong belief in the importance of community involvement enhances his efforts in the recruitment of new volunteers for the VIP and VPO programs. Over the years, he has participated in dozens of community outreach activities and is a regular speaker at Probation’s monthly volunteer recruitment meetings. He can be counted on to deliver a powerful message to volunteers that emphasizes the importance of their involvement in supporting Probation’s mission of reducing crime, promoting lawful and productive lifestyles, and assisting victims. Wayne has personally recruited dozens of volunteers for the department who remain actively involved and contribute hundreds of hours of service.
Over the past 11 years, Wayne has volunteered more than 10,000 hours and has never wavered from his commitment to be part of the solution to crime. His level of service is unsurpassed by any other volunteer in the history of the Orange County Probation Department.
Click here to access the April 20, 2010 Board Resolution recognizing Wayne Buser.
Click here to access the Orange County Probation Department Web site.