The West Covina Police Department has expanded its volunteer program, and is seeking new volunteers. Previously, the Police Department’s SHOP (Seniors Helping Our Police) program was limited to volunteers age 55 or older. Now, the new “West Covina Police Volunteers” program is open to volunteers who are age 40 or older. This expanded volunteer program allows citizens to channel their energy back into the community by performing non-hazardous public safety duties on a volunteer basis. This frees up police officers, who are made more available to fulfill essential emergency and law enforcement duties in the field. Volunteers work two-person teams in fully equipped marked vehicles, seven days a week, performing duties likemarking abandoned or illegally parked vehicles, performing vacation house checks for residents, serving subpoenas, issuing parking citations, and more. Since the program’s inception in 1991, West Covina Police Volunteers have volunteered over 170,000 hours, marking over 14,000 abandoned or illegally parked vehicles, performing over 20,000 vacation house checks for residents, serving over 8,000 subpoenas and issuing over 30,000 parking citations. So if you’re age 40 or over, in good physical condition, possess a valid California Driver’s License and are willing to put in a minimum of 4 hours of volunteer service per week, please call (626) 939-8500 for more information.
While the primary function of volunteers is to assist patrol officers in non-hazardous duties, traveling the streets of West Covina in 2-person fully equipped marked vehicles, volunteers perform many duties, including the following: