The South County Police Volunteers are a team of citizens who have completed the South County Citizens Police Academy and have an interest in contributing to law enforcement and the community. Volunteers give law enforcement officers the opportunity to reduce crime and increase law enforcement services in a variety of ways including neighborhood patrol, vacation house checks, traffic control, courier services, emergency call-outs, clerical assistance, and many other services. Patrol volunteers do not take enforcement action, carry weapons or make arrests. They are assigned in two-person teams to patrol in a marked police volunteer vehicle and communicate via police radio.
South County Citizens Police Academy:
Academy participants are selected by the Chiefs of Police from all applications received. Enrollment is limited to approximately 45 students per academy, which is held annually.
Goals of the Academy
The South County Citizens Police Academy is designed to give its participants a working knowledge of police department personnel and procedures. During the 9-week academy, students will be introduced to community oriented policing, patrol procedures, dispatch communications, investigations, criminal justice systems, traffic control, and records systems. The academy is designed to generate interest and prepare the participant to become a police volunteer. The class is recommended (but not required) for applicants who wish to participate in the South County Police Volunteer program. The class is not designed to make the participant a police officer.
Academy classes are taught in a classroom setting by Police Department executives and veteran officers from the Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach police departments. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with each other and police department employees during the course of instruction.
For further information regarding the South County Police Volunteer Program or the South County Citizens Police Academy, contact Sergeant Celis Rabena at the Grover Beach Police Department's non-emergency number: