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Volunteer Opportunities

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The Chula Vista Police Department has a variety of ways citizens can offer volunteer services. Volunteers supplement both officer and police civilian positions.

Reserve Officers

The Reserve Officer Unit is a volunteer organization comprised of academy trained police officers who augments the department by assisting with routine patrol functions, special events and traffic. Reserve officers are required to attend the Police Academy for POST certification.

You may be eligible to become a Reserve Officer if you are:

  1. Must be 21 years of age.
  2. Must have a valid California Driver’s license
  3. Must meet United States citizenship requirements as defined under California Government Code sections 1031(a) and 1031.5
  4. Graduation from United States high school or possess GED.
  5. No felony convictions as a juvenile or adult and cannot be on probation.
  6. No domestic violence convictions and cannot be subject of any domestic violence court restraining order.
  7. Must have a good character and reputation.
  8. Must have completed a basic police or reserve academy.

Fill out an application here or for more information about the Reserve Officer Unit please call (619) 476-5369.



Chula Vista Police Explorer Post 2831 was established in 1968. The purpose of the program is to acquaint young people, ages14 to 21, with the objectives of public safety in our community and to instill and promote sound morals, ethical conduct, and respect for law and order.

You may be eligible to become an Explorer if you are:

  • At least 14 and not older than 21 years of age
  • You are registered as a full-time student with a grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • You are of good moral character.
  • You can successfully pass a minimum background check and oral interview.

 For more information about the Explorer program please email Officer Scott Hall or Agent Rosio Gardea.

    Senior Volunteer Patrol

    The Chula Vista Senior Volunteer Patrol was established in 1994 and is comprised of formally trained, uniformed volunteers, 50 years of age and older. Members perform such services as vacation house checks, vehicle abatement, handicapped parking enforcement, You Are Not Alone calls and visits, and traffic control. Senior Volunteer members also assist with crime prevention programs and special events.

    For more information about the Senior Volunteer Patrol program please call (619) 476-2417 or visit

    Citizen's Adversity Support Team (CAST)

    Since 1993, the Chula Vista Citizen's Adversity Support Team (CAST) has provided 24-hour trauma coverage for the community. Trained volunteers provide emotional support, arrange for follow-up services, serve as advocates for the rape victims, and generally assist families with their unique needs in time of trauma. The CAST program is a coalition of the Chula Vista Police and Fire departments, American Medical Service, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, and Greenwood and Glen Abbey Mortuaries. Training sessions are scheduled at least once each year.

    For more information about the CAST program please call (619) 691-5213.

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