South County Police Volunteers

Overview
The Pismo Beach Police Department has been committed to Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving for numerous years. It is with this philosophy in mind that the South County Police Volunteers (SCPV) was created.

The idea of a SCPV strikes to the very heart of one of the main principles of Community Oriented Policing, which is to increase the understanding and trust between the police and community members. The establishment of a SCPV has enabled the police and the community to share ownership, decision-making and accountability in their service to their community. 
 
Patrol volunteers are not police officers. They do not take enforcement action, carry weapons or make arrests. Pismo Beach Police volunteers meet monthly to receive training and connect with the Sergeant who oversees the volunteer program.
 

Participants of the SCPV must attend the South County Citizens Police Academy in order to participate in the program. For additional information, please visit the Citizens Police Academy page.
 
For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator Sgt. Tom Portz at 805-773-2208 or via email.

Duties
The Pismo Beach Police Department relies heavily on the dedicated men and women who volunteer for the police department.The South County Police Volunteers is made up of people from the community who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts towards keeping Pismo Beach an area where citizens and visitors may enjoy quality of life. 
 
Examples of duties of the SCPV include:
  • Crime watch foot patrol and vehicle patrol
  • Security checks of homes and businesses
  • Records functions (courier services, fingerprinting, audits, archiving)
  • Special events (4th of July, Pizza on the Pier, Farmers Market, etc.)
  • Traffic control (at special events or emergencies)
  • Emergency call-outs (perimeter security, child care at the station)
  • Crime prevention (passing out flyers, assisting the public)
   

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