POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PATROL PROGRAM (CVP)
If you have the time, we have a job for you! The Paso Robles Police Department volunteers come from all walks of life, from professionals that are still in the workforce to retired senior citizens. Volunteers perform many important functions. Their participation allows police officers and other criminal justice employees to spend more time conducting proactive law enforcement activities.
Prospective members of the CVP will receive instruction and hands on training on topics that includes;
- Laws and Regulations
- Departmental Policy and Procedures
- Patrol Procedures
- Traffic Control
- First Aid and CPR
- Emergency Vehicle Operations
CVPP members function first and foremost as the eyes and ears of the Paso Robles Police Department. Members patrol the city with CVPPs own marked, radio equipped patrol cars looking for anything which may need police attention: a reckless driver, an open business door after hours, a suspicious person, etc. When something is observed, a radio call is made to the Dispatch Center where an officer is notified to take action. CVPP members conduct traffic and crowd control at special events such as parades, the Mid-State Fair and downtown events. Other duties include vacation house watch checks, crime scene protection and traffic control at accident sites. Members may also be called upon for Search and Rescue work.
Any applicant that is 21 years of age or older may apply by picking up an application at the Public Safety Center Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or you can call the CVP direct line at 805-227-7533.
Members are men and women from age 21 to 65+ who are in good physical condition, willing to work at least two four hour shifts and attend a two hour training meeting each month, pass a background check, enjoy public contact and present a professional image.
Prior to assignment, a 40-hour Training Academy is required covering:
- Crime Prevention
- Patrol and Observation Skills
- Traffic Control
- Crime Scene Protection
- CPR and First Aid
- Legal Issues...and more
Benefits of Membership
- In addition to serving the community, members learn exactly how the Police Department operates and why things are done in certain ways. They also receive professional training in all aspects of their work and they learn a great deal about our city and its people.
- CVPP members always work in pairs so safety is paramount and the work is shared.
- Opportunities include leadership roles in the organization and the ability to volunteer for even more work in the Police Department, including courier runs and clerical and professional duties.
- The CVPP is a leader among similar organizations and often assists other patrols in Central Coast communities, so members get to be familiar with other volunteers and their towns.
- Finally, CVPP members can work as often as they like any time, day or night, seven days a week. Patrols are set to accommodate members schedules.
If you are interested in participating in this program, fill out the application [pdf:81k/2pp] and return it to the Police Department at 900 Park Street, Paso Robles. For more information contact CVP at 227-7533.