Volunteers & Partnerships
The Redlands Police Department is deeply committed to the use of volunteers to meet the goals and objectives of the organization. By utilizing community members to perform both sworn and civilian functions within the organization, the quality of life experienced in Redlands is enhanced. Police activities and functions that would have been unavailable to the community due to fiscal restraints are made possible through the thousands of hours donated by our volunteers. In return, volunteers are given the opportunity to serve the community as representatives of the Police Department, taking great honor and pleasure in personally helping to make the City of Redlands a safer and better place to live, work or visit.
Download a volunteer application here:
Sgt. Andy Capps, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681
The Redlands Police Department Reserve Unit is comprised of volunteers from a variety of professions, who live in the city or neighboring communities. The Redlands Police Department hires only those individuals who have successfully completed the training requirements for a Level I reserve officer. This training may be obtained at one of the local community colleges, in conjunction with the Sheriff's Academy, either in the form of training modules or a regular police academy. Reserve officers receive extensive training in the many facets of law enforcement, which they routinely put to use while assisting the department.
Reserve officers render valuable assistance to all units in the department including; patrol, traffic, community policing, and investigations. Reserve officers most frequently assist in patrol related activities such as traffic and crowd control. They are also involved in investigative and administrative assistance. Reserve officers are available for call-out to assist in special emergency situations, such as flooding, fires, major traffic collisions and crime scene security. The officers provide other public service assistance, such as maintaining security at school functions and sports activities. Reserve officers assist in conducting downtown patrols during the Christmas season and policing the Boys and Girls Club "Late Night Hoops" basketball program.
The Reserve Unit also serves as valuable training for future law enforcement officers. Throughout the history of the Unit many members have been hired by the Redlands Police Department and other local agencies as fulltime police officers. The success of hiring reserve officers is evidenced by the fact that the majority of the Department's Executive Staff were reserve officers with this department.
The Reserve Unit currently consists of 10 members, who donated more than 2,257 hours of service to the department and the community during 2008.
if you are interested in applying, you can call Human Resources at 909-798-7514 or the Human Resources page of the City of Redlands Website
Citizen Volunteer Patrol
Sgt. Derek Ohlson, Coordinator
Business (909) 335-4730
The Redlands Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Patrol (CVP) was established in 1991. The structure of the volunteer unit was predicated on the concept of a highly visible, uniformed, unarmed, “eyes and ears” volunteer patrol force comprised primarily of retired community members seeking an opportunity to assist their local Police Department in making the streets of the community a safer place. Since that time the CVP unit has expanded its responsibilities to include participation in all non-hazardous functions conducted by the department to include a wide range of duties including patrol, special events and administrative duties within the department. The unit consists of more than 70 members and membership is now open to those community members 18 years of age and older and to those interested in only performing administrative duties in lieu of patrol, to include members who have special physical needs which might preclude field duties.
The Redlands unit conducts its own Citizen Volunteer Academy to prepare community members for their expected duties. The academy consists of an initial 32 hours of intense instruction in a classroom environment followed by another 32 hours of hands-on training in the field. Training in the academy is provided by police officers, civilian employees of the department and members of the CVP unit. The initial 32-hour block of instruction includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: Redlands Police Department mission, objectives, values and organization; state and local criminal and traffic laws and ordinances; traffic and pedestrian control; crime scene security; radio procedures and communication; records security; animal control procedures; special event operations; and professional ethics. The academy is then followed by 32 hours of hands-on training in the field conducted by experienced CVP members with the goal of producing a competent CVP to work as a team member in a safe, productive and professional manner. CVP’s continue to receive refresher training and training on new equipment and duties following completion of the academy and the field training phase.
Currently, the department has CVP members volunteering in the following areas: patrol (“eyes and ears”), vacation house checks, foreclosed and vacant house checks, investigations, data entry, community policing station staffing, evidence handling and management, parking control, bicycle rodeo technicians, fingerprinting juveniles, traffic and pedestrian control for traffic accidents, fire scenes and special events, animal control assistance, neighborhood watch programs and many other non-hazardous duties. CVP’s are in direct radio contact with the department dispatchers for both safety and reporting purposes.
The members of the CVP unit have donated well over 275,000 hours of service to the department since the unit began in 1991. In 2008 CVP’s donated more than 19,000 hours, representing more than $1.1 million in saving to the department.
The CVP unit enjoys much favor within the community. A program called the “365 Club” was initiated by CVP member Jim Stellar to raise funds to provide additional equipment for the patrol so that more members can be added to the unit. The “365 Club” represents businesses, organizations, and individuals who annually donate $365 (one dollar for each day of the year) to the CVP unit.
New members are constantly being recruited for the CVP unit. Those persons 18 years of age or older wishing to be considered for membership in the CVP unit may obtain an application online here or at the front counter of the Police Department, located at 1270 W Park Ave Bldg C., or email Sgt. Derek Ohlson, for additional information.
Download a Citizen Volunteer Patrol Application here:
Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers
Sgt Derek Ohlson, Coordinator
Business (909) 335-4730
The Redlands Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Park Ranger (CVPR) unit was formed in January 2008. The CVPRs follow the concept that a highly visible, uniformed, unarmed “eyes and ears” unit will assist the Police Department in making the City parks, City orange groves, the Santa Ana River Wash and San Timoteo Canyon safer places for the community’s use.
The CVPRs patrol on horseback, ATVs, Segways, mountain bikes and on foot. CVPRs routinely visit with citizens in the patrol areas and are considered one of the department’s “public relations” units. CVPRs are on the lookout for illegal activities in the patrol areas, including the use of alcohol, smoking in the parks, after-hours activities in the parks, significant trash accumulations and signs of suspicious activities. All CVPRs on patrol carry a police radio and are in constant contact with dispatch and the officers on duty.
CVPR applicants are required to submit fingerprints and pass a background check. They will also be interviewed prior to attending the Civilian Volunteer Academy which is usually one night per week, four hours per night, for eight weeks. The Academy covers topics related to the operation of the Police Department and the knowledge required to be a CVPR. In addition, each CVPR applicant is required to complete a driver’s test to assure that the department’s vehicles will be operated safely. Additional training may be chosen to operate ATVs, Segways or mountain bikes on patrol.
Interested persons 18 years of age or older may obtain an application online or by calling the above number.
Sgt Ken Wright, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681
The Redlands Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a career exploration program, sponsored by the department and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorer Post began in 1968 and has been the starting point for many future law enforcement officers.
Young men and women interested in joining the program must be at least 15 years of age and no older than 21 years. The program is one of career exploration and education for youth interested in learning about the field of law enforcement. The program is not designed to rehabilitate troubled youth, but to further the knowledge of youth of good moral, ethical and educational standing, maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Applications may be obtained at the main police building, 1270 W Park Ave, Bldg #C, Redlands, and are accepted on a continuing basis. All applicants are carefully screened to ensure they meet the requirements of the program. Those applicants who pass the initial screening are interviewed and if selected, placed on a six month probationary period.
The Explorer Post holds weekly meetings addressing training topics related to law enforcement and assigning special duties such as parade details and other special events. The program also incorporates training in areas of civic involvement and special projects which benefit the entire community. Explorer Post members provide assistance to: the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Run Through Redlands, Y.M.C.A. annual Home Tour, El Carmello Retreat Festival, bicycle rodeos and other safety fairs. The Explorers also participate in ride-alongs with regular police officers on patrol shifts. Last year alone the Explorers donated more than 4,500 hours of service to the department and community.
The success of the Law Enforcement Explorer Post is obvious, as several of the current officers and members of the department's Executive Staff received their first exposure to police work in this program.
Interested persons may obtain an application online or by calling the above number.
Police Chaplain Unit
Sgt. Dominick Povero, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681
The Police Chaplain Unit consists of volunteer ministers of varying faiths. The program is a crisis ministry designed to offer a professional religious/social ministry to the people of Redlands and the members of the Redlands Police Department through counseling and crisis intervention. Chaplains support and assist officers in providing the best service possible to the citizens of the City of Redlands. These ministers are on-call 24 hours a day to bring comfort, consolation and assistance to persons involved in crises, accidents and catastrophes. With an officer, they will notify members of a family when relatives are involved in life threatening situations where injury or death has occurred.
The Chaplains not only respond to callouts, but ride in the patrol car alongside the regular officers and frequently find themselves in developing crisis situations. This is when they are most beneficial by bringing a calming effect to the situation.
In 2009 members of the Chaplain Unit were called out on many occasions to be with, and minister to, the families and victims of violent crime. They have also counseled members of the department through crisis situations in their lives.
Cops and Jocks
Ofcr Eduardo Herrera, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681
The Cops and Jocks Program stresses the interaction of volunteer officers from the Redlands Police Department and school athletes. The program is designed to give each group a better understanding from their perspectives. This program has strengthened the relationship between the youth and the Redlands Police Department.
The foundation for any community policing activity is based heavily on the successful development and implementation of community partnerships. It is through this collaborative use of community resources, members and organizations to accomplish common goals and solve problems that the community policing philosophy becomes an integral part of the community culture. Working as partners in a team environment develops trust and a sense of community among participants and those affected by the group’s efforts. A major result of these efforts is a feeling of ownership throughout the community for maintaining a high quality of life. The Police Department is committed to expanding on its current partnerships, with an emphasis on bringing new groups and individuals into the process.
Youth Accountability Board
The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is formed to address first time, non-violent juvenile offenders. It consists of a citizen review board that hears cases and recommends local work sentences.
YAB has begun an improved method of monitoring our active youth. The use of interns from the University of Redlands has proven to be an effective tool. New working board members are being recruited who do not view their position as "honorary" but see it as an opportunity to serve "at risk" youth.
There were 84 cases heard by the YAB in 2005. The board spends an average of four months monitoring minors assigned to them. The monitor ensures that the contract agreed upon by the panel and the minor is completed.
This program is instrumental in the reduction of juvenile court congestion throughout the County of San Bernardino.
For further information, please call (909) 798-7625.
Building a Generation
Starting in 1996, in conjunction with the United Way of the East Valley, the department undertook a major community-based policing initiative intended to fundamentally alter the traditional view of crime prevention. This collaborative initiative, called Building a Generation, intends to affect substantial and meaningful change in Redlands by re-defining those factors which place adolescents most at-risk for drug and alcohol abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, violence and dropping-out of school. Its sponsors included the Redlands Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Redlands Area Inter-faith Council, Trinity Evangelical Free Church, the Redlands Noon Kiwanis, the City of Redlands and the Redlands Unified School District.
The Building a Generation collaborative is based on the following assumptions:
- Redlands' youth are not immune to the same risk factors as youth in other California communities;
- The need to perpetuate the unique character of Redlands mandates that today's youth develop strong community bonds so they can fulfill leadership roles in the future;
- With social scientists predicting a 25% increase in the adolescent male population in the next 3-8 years, in the absence of substantive, community-wide prevention, the incidence of criminal involvement and victimization of our teens is going to increase dramatically;
- All youth are potentially at-risk and the traditional methods of waiting until an adolescent commits a crime, attempts suicide, flunks out of school, etc. to declare him at-risk are no longer acceptable;
- There is a distinct need to develop a collaborative, holistic vision of the environment we want our youth to grow up in;
- This vision should result in a comprehensive, youth development plan, similar to the City's General Plan for land use, of how we should collectively attack community-wide risk factors and strengthen or develop protective factors; and,
- Some type of prevention board, committee, task force, youth issues clearinghouse or other community-wide initiative on youth issues should be created to coordinate the attack on risk factors and help strengthen protective factors.
In 1996 Building a Generation contracted with Developmental Research and Programs (DRP) of Seattle, WA. - whose founders are the nation's leading experts in Risk Focused Prevention - to conduct training of East Valley community leaders and begin the process of an empirically-based "Community Risk Assessment". This assessment will result in an exhaustive report outlining the youth risk factors most prevalent in the East Valley area. With this information in hand, the collaboration will begin the process of creating a shared vision - translated into action - of how local prevention efforts need to be strengthened or modified, or new efforts initiated, to ensure that East Valley youths grow to be contributing members of society and the root causes of juvenile crime are attacked.
Youth Emergency Services Camp
The Youth Emergency Services Camp (YES) is offered once a year by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Volunteer Forces. The Redlands Police Department supports the camp by sending personnel to instruct the participants.
The YES camp is a program designed to be a week- long resident camp for youth between the ages of 14 and 17. This "live-in" experience offers the youth a camp structured just like the field of emergency services.
Several theme days take place at the camp. The days have the following themes: Law enforcement, search and rescue, and fire service. During the instruction the scheduled activities involve those areas a professional in the field may be exposed to in the line of duty
The foundation for any community policing activity is based heavily on the successful development and implementation of community partnerships. It is through this collaborative use of community resources, members and organizations to accomplish common goals and solve problems that the community policing philosophy becomes an integral part of the community culture. Working as partners in a team environment develops trust and a sense of community among participants and those affected by the group’s efforts. A major result of these efforts is a feeling of ownership throughout the community for maintaining a high quality of life. The Police Department is committed to expanding on its current partnerships, with an emphasis on bringing new groups and individuals into the process. The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is formed to address first time, non-violent juvenile offenders. It consists of a citizen review board that hears cases and recommends local work sentences.
For further information, please call (909) 798-7625. The Redlands Police Department, in partnership with the Redlands Unified School District and the San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation, forms the Police/School Liaison Committee. Representatives meet once a month. The goal of the committee is to discuss problems arising and to solve the problems in a fashion that best suits the community. The program has proven to provide an open line of communication, and its goal is to make the schools a safe place for all children.
The Redlands Police Department is recruiting volunteer pilots to participate in the Air 10, the department's Air Support Unit.
Pilots must be at least 21 years old with at least a private pilot’s license, current medical certificate and a minimum 300 hours flight time in a fixed-wing, general aviation aircraft with significant time in a Cessna 172.
Volunteer pilots will be required to pass a background check and interview as well as explain their reason for volunteering and their flight experience. They will also be required to pass a flight test.
Those selected must be able to fly at least two 4-hour shifts per month and participate in monthly training sessions.
The Air Support Unit, using volunteer pilots, many of whom are retired law enforcement officers, and a specially outfitted Cessna 172 will provide patrol and surveillance support to Redlands Police officers and special units on the ground.
The Air Support Unit will fly approximately 800 to 1,000 hours per year in a variety of duties, including patrolling the city’s streets, neighborhoods and canyon areas, assisting ground units and providing surveillance assistance to specialized units.
To volunteer, download the pilot application, or call (909) 335-4744.