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Senior Volunteer Patrol

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Senior Volunteer PatrolJOB DESCRIPTION

The City of Chula Vista needs volunteers with good moral character to assist the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) with non-critical and non-hazardous duties. While these duties are generally not critical or hazardous, they are desired and appreciated by our citizens. Volunteering with the CVPD's Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) program allows our sworn officers to conduct the more critical aspects of public safety.

SVP personnel are non-confrontational. No experience with law enforcement is needed. Whether you are former military, a teacher, an accountant, a homemaker, a plumber, a carpenter, etc is not important. We will train you, provide you with a uniform, and rely on your life experiences to help assist our community.

After you review the following information and think you are interested in learning more, call the SVP Office to take the first step and do a ride-along with one of our patrol teams.

  • Have questions or want to schedule a ride-along? Call (619) 476-2417
  • Join a team that serves its community
  • Miss the camaraderie of military service, college, sports teams, other organizations? Join SVP!


  • Enforce various parking regulations (e.g., handicap; RV permits; fire lanes; limited parking time; etc.) by issuing warnings/citations.
  • Assist with the Vehicle Abatement Program by issuing warnings/citations (i.e., abandoned, inoperable vehicles)
  • Conduct Vacation Checks (free home security checks to Chula Vista/Bonita residents who are away on vacation)
  • Call and/or visit homebound seniors – You Are Not Alone (YANA) program
  • Maintain documents related to activities and patrols
  • Traffic Control
  • Patrol schools, libraries, business districts, and parking lots
  • Transport CVPD vehicles to/from maintenance yards
  • Transport documents to/from courthouse
  • Assist Homeless Outreach Team by observing/reporting activity
  • Document graffiti for nationwide tracking purposes
  • Maintain SVP equipment
  • Deploy Speed Awareness Monitors (i.e., stationary radar units that display vehicle speed)
  • Assist with various city-wide public events (e.g., National Night Out; Evening With Heroes; Starlight Parade)
  • As a Duty Officer, assign/coordinate/report daily activities for SVP patrol units
  • Others tasks as assigned by CVPD

Vacation Checks


  • Do a preliminary ride-along with an SVP patrol team (to see if you like it)
  • Pass background check
  • Attend 40-hour (one week) training academy
  • Commit to the program for at least one year
  • Perform at least six hours of duty per week (typically, one 6-hour shift per week)
  • Attend monthly meetings (typically, one hour long)
  • Keep personal safety as your top priority


  • Never carry a weapon
  • Do not perform traffic stops
  • Do not issue moving vehicle citations
  • Do not arrest people
  • Do NOT confront, but DO report


  • Be at least 50 years old (some waivers allowed)
  • Do NOT need to be retired (but must still meet Expectations)
  • Have (and maintain) a valid driver’s license (some waivers allowed)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Good communication skills (both with the public and on SVP radios)
  • Maintain professional appearance and attitude
  • Able to maintain related CVPD/SVP documentation
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