Volunteers On Patrol
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Civilian Volunteers are dedicated
to providing excellent service through relationships that build trust,
create a safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our communities
within a Tradition of Service.
be proud representatives of the community by being highly visible while
on patrol. The primary objectives for the members shall be to prevent
crime by mere presence, or identify public hazards. Members shall also
act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff's Department by identifying suspicious
activities, crimes in progress, or dangerous circumstances. The members
shall not take action themselves, but shall notify the proper authorities
Volunteers On Patrol members accept their mission to serve the community
with the enduring belief that in so doing, they will maintain the high
level of safety, quality of life, and the beauty of the community that
everyone is entitled.
VOP Program Overview:
outlined in the Sheriffs Mission and Core Values Statement, as well
as the Departments Policy, the goal of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs
Department is to serve the residents of Los Angeles County in the most
professional, effective, courteous, and progressive manner possible. This
will be accomplished while maintaining a reputation of being an innovative
and progressive law enforcement agency that is sincerely concerned about
the citizens it serves.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department has long recognized the vast
resources of experience and skills possessed by its county residents
and the surrounding communities. The purpose of volunteers is to tap into
these skills to help the Sheriffs Department achieve its goals
in an effective and cost-efficient manner. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs
Department views this as a means to assist those that reside in Los Angeles
County by providing a service to their community.
the members of the Volunteer Program become additional eyes and ears for
the Sheriffs Department, as well as representatives of City and
County administration, it is imperative that they maintain an image of
professionalism at all times which parallels the professionalism of the
Department. Volunteers appearance, demeanor, and professionalism must
never be compromised while serving in this Program. Each volunteer has
been hand picked with the highest confidence in their capabilities.
members are, in fact, Sheriffs Department Civilian Volunteers. Therefore,
the existing Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Civilian Volunteer
Regulations and Guidelines shall be followed. Volunteers shall be aware
that it is a privilege to be a civilian volunteer, not a right, and they
serve at the discretion of the Sheriff.
Volunteers On Patrol
are community-spirited citizens of the community who provide a minimum
of 16 hours of their time per month to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriffs
Department performing non-hazardous patrol duties. Its participants
are made up of working people, retirees, and men and women of all races
with varied backgrounds.
Volunteers On Patrol
can be identified by their white uniform shirt, navy blue trousers and
gold on blue shoulder patch. Volunteers patrol in white vehicles
identified as Volunteers On Patrol and bear the LASD emblem.
The Volunteers On
Patrol have various responsibilities, primarily non-hazardous duties,
which have traditionally been performed by patrol deputies. This program;
therefore, allows patrol deputies to perform the more hazardous duties
that they have been trained to do, thus helping the Department to better
achieve its goal of serving the community.
Listed below are some
examples of the duties that Volunteers On Patrol will be performing:
- Search for missing
- Patrolling the community for criminal activity
- Patrolling the community for safety hazards
- Conducting school safety checks
- Conducting shopping mall checks
- Conducting residential vacation checks
- Conducting business checks
- Conducting park safety checks
- Patrolling for graffiti and property damage
- Performing fire watch
- Conducting traffic control
- Performing non-hazardous directed patrol assignments
- Assisting disabled persons
- Assisting at Sobriety check points
- Issuing disabled parking citations
- Fulfilling requests from city and county services
- Assisting L.A. Sheriff's Training Academy - Role-playing, when requested
- All volunteers work in teams of two in conspicuously identified vehicles
supplied by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.