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Escondido Police Department Volunteers seek members

A happy group­­—a recent photo of the Escondido Police Department Volunteers.

The Escondido Police Department Volunteers are recruiting new members. The department will be hosting an Orientation Night on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Escondido Police Department Station Located at 1163 N. Center City Parkway.

A spokesman for the group talked about their mission: “The purpose of the Escondido Police Department Volunteer Program is to provide support for non-enforcement services throughout the department. Volunteers can and do make a difference in our community. With your help, we are able to provide a higher level of service to the community. This program provides an excellent opportunity for you to become involved with your police department and to make a difference in your community.”

Volunteer Mission

Escondido Police Department Volunteers perform a wide range of non-hazardous duties. Volunteers provide many services for the department, such as ticketing illegally parked vehicles, assisting with traffic control, and performing vacation home checks.

Patrol duties enable the volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of the department. They are equipped with radios so they are always in touch with police officers. Traffic accidents and traffic control are primary areas where the volunteers are needed. They serve to direct traffic, answer motorists’ questions, set up cones around the accident scene, and more. This assistance frees up the officers at the scene so they can clear the accident and conduct an investigation.

Volunteer Goals

The goals of the Volunteer Program are to augment the Escondido Police Department, crime prevention operations, increase the availability of police officers by using volunteers to satisfy many community needs and promote community awareness.

The volunteers strive to enhance community safety and security by promoting good community relations. The volunteers also provide an invaluable source of experience, energy and time to make their communities safer and a better place to live.

Who Are The Volunteers?

Volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are fully employed elsewhere, some have families, some are single, some are students, and some are retired. Anyone over 21 years of age is welcome to apply, with a valid California driver’s license. Becoming a volunteer does not fulfill a school requirement.

What Can Volunteers Expect When They Apply?

The applicants can expect to be interviewed, fingerprinted, and have a background check done. The volunteers may elect to work day or evening hours during a seven day week. A minimum of 12 hours per month is required. Most volunteers have a regular schedule, although some may elect to be available “on call” or for special short-term assignments. Help is needed in nearly every area of the Police Department.

What May A Volunteer Expect To Gain?

• Make a meaningful difference by helping others

• Use existing skills and experiences

• Learn new skills

• Widen personal range of experience

• Make new friends

• Help make your community a better place to live

How Do I Apply?

Applications can be downloaded from the City of Escondido website at www.escondido.org/volunteer-intern-program.aspx or are available at the Escondido Police Department business office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (excluding holidays).  If you have any questions or would like to speak with the volunteer coordinator, call 760-839-4481.

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