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Volunteer with the Santa Cruz Police Department!

Volunteers in Policing  Services (V.I.P. S.) program, designed to allow community members to assist the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) and supplement public safety and crime prevention efforts.  

SCPD  engages a team of trained citizen volunteers to assist the department in non-enforcement duties.  Our dedicated group of volunteers will support officer to allow agencies to provide additional services, maintain positive relationships with the public, free up officers’ time for higher level duties, and maximize impact in the community.

Volunteer duties will include security checks in neighborhoods, welfare checks on the elderly, conducting vacation home security checks, working at special events, enforcing parking violations, vehicle abatement and helping the department with clerical tasks. 

Volunteers will be patrolling the downtown and, neighborhoods.  They observe and report crime and quality-of-life issues their station and distribute valuable information about crime trends to the community.  Members do not take enforcement action, carry weapons, or make arrests. 

Our Goal: To form a partnership where trained volunteers can enhance and support the department, freeing up officers and staff for higher priority duties by placing volunteers in rewarding activities which utilize their experience and talents. 

Volunteer Assignments will depend on specific skills, interests and background of each volunteer, as well as the needs of Santa Cruz Police.   We are especially interested in volunteers to work patrol as the "eyes and ears" for the department.

Qualifications required:  Minimum 18 years of age; pass a background check

Time commitment:  Minimum 8 hours per month

If you are interested in joining the Santa Cruz Police Volunteer Program, email scpdvolunteers@cityofsantacruz.com or call (831) 420-5916. 

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