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The Town of Yucca Valley is actively seeking volunteers for the Citizen Patrol, Citizen Equestrian Patrol, Explorer Scouts, Peace Officer Reserves, Search and Rescue/Mounted Search and Rescue. Volunteers give law enforcement the opportunity to reduce crime and increase law enforcement services.

Yucca Valley Citizen Patrol

The Yucca Valley Citizen Patrol is a mix of retired folks and young people within the community, some who still work full-time jobs. Between January and December 2009, this energetic group of 34 volunteers contributed over 8,000 hours to their community!

Some of the unit’s responsibilities include:


 
•   Providing vacation checks on residents’ homes while out of town
•   Extra patrol to areas experiencing community problems
•   Home security inspections (checking locks, windows, lighting, etc.)
•   Business checks to businesses after hours
•   Welfare checks to elderly folks and shut-ins
•   Traffic control during accidents, power outages and flooding
•   Crime scene containment
•   Assist the Police Safety Specialist with safety programs
•   Provide a safety booth during special events

It has been proven that the most successful crime prevention program a law enforcement agency can have is Citizen Patrol. The second most successful is Neighborhood Watch. Both consist of concerned citizens working with law enforcement to better their community by watching out for suspicious activity and reporting it. Each volunteer must successfully complete a 50-hour training academy. During this academy students learn to provide the above services plus become certified in First Aid/CPR, Driver Awareness and Radio/Patrol Procedures. Volunteers purchase their own uniforms and contribute 16 hours per month to the Police Department.

Qualifications:

•   Must be at least 18 years of age
•   High school graduate or GED
•   Valid driver’s license
•   Pass an oral interview and background investigation
•   Attend monthly training & business meetings

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