Have you ever wondered how you can help your Santa Maria Police Department? Do you have a few hours a week to spare? If you have the time, we may have a job for you. When you decide to become involved with the Police Volunteer program, you will help make the City of Santa Maria a better place to live, work and play.
We are committed to working with residents who care enough about their community to volunteer their valuable time and skills. The Santa Maria Police Department has adopted the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). This philosophy relies on the residents of the community to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement.
The objective of the Volunteer Program is to assist the Police Department in meeting its law enforcement duties during the normal course of operation, and in times of disaster and emergency. They receive professional training in all aspects of their work, learn how the Police Department operates, and why things are done in certain ways.
Volunteers are important and their contributions are appreciated. Their participation allows police officers and the non-sworn staff to use limited tax dollars for vital services. In 2010, the Police Volunteers amassed a total of 3,828 hours of service. That makes approximately 46,830 hours of volunteer time donated to the City since 1996.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, from professionals in the workforce to retired senior citizens. Volunteers perform many important functions, ranging from marking and warning abandoned vehicles, towing vehicles that have exceeded the 72-hour parking privilege, conducting security checks, and assisting with clerical work in Records, the Traffic Bureau and various other offices.
If you are interested in participating in this program, contact Sgt. Eligio Lara at 928-3781 ext. 1271.