Volunteer Programs

Volunteers in Police Services Program (VIPS)
The Volunteers in Police Services Program is made of citizens who attend and graduated from the Citizens Police Academy. The Academy is a 9-week course where citizens learn about the Police Department and its many functions. After graduating, the citizen can apply to become a member in the VIPS Program to help at various special events, such as National Night Out, Curb Crime Program (a program designed to distribute information about vehicle burglary prevention), Neighborhood Watch and many other events. VIPS help staff two substations located within our city and they assist with administrative tasks throughout our department. Presently there are a total of 25 active VIPS members. VIPS are required to donate a total of 60 hours annually. 

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Mission

The RSVP is comprised of men and women over the age of 55 who come from all walks of life. The reason most often given for volunteering was their desire to "give something back to their community." Now that they are retired, they can share their time, energy, wisdom, knowledge and talent with the Huntington Beach Police Department. 

Selection

Prospective RSVPs are selected after passing an oral interview, a background check, and a positive assessment of their suitability for the various duties they will be asked to perform, including a driving skills test.

Background

The Department's RSVP program began in 1994 when the first group of 25 volunteers graduated from an eight-week training program. Additional volunteers have graduated in following years to bring the present number to 51.


The Program

After graduation, they are prepared to go forth and assist the Police Department as special ambassadors, performing a variety of tasks which otherwise could not be undertaken due to budget, personnel and time constraints. RSVPs volunteer a minimum of six hours a week to the program, although many find their duties so interesting, rewarding, and enjoyable, that some volunteer as many as 30 to 35 hours a week. There is a great deal of camaraderie, fun and friendship among the RSVPs. RSVPs are supplied with specially-marked white police cars, acting as additional "eyes and ears" for the Department.

Duties

The RSVPs 

check the security of homes who are away on vacation, remove illegally posted signs from public property, assure the accuracy of the city maps used by the police department.

RSVPs are the first to volunteer their time and energy during periods when the Police Department is busiest, assisting with a variety of events such as the 4th of July holiday. They also work in-house for the Department, including filing, preparing evidence, entering data into computers, duplicating training material & more.

RSVPs are also active within their community, alerting and educating the residents to the risk associated with leaving garage doors open, leaving windows and doors unlocked, or having missing or unreadable house numbers. RSVPs staff Police Substations to provide information to visitors, help with clerical and other duties, and act as roving ambassadors of good will towards the community's citizens.

Activities

RSVPs have an active social calendar as well. Monthly meetings bring them together to munch on coffee and donuts, learn the latest changes in Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures and swap experiences while on patrol.

Track Record

RSVPs in this past year removed over 30,000 illegally posted signs, performed in excess of 4,500 vacation house checks, and volunteered over 30,000 hours. The RSVPs contribute over $750,000 in skills and time to the city annually.

Recruitment

The Huntington Beach Police Department is very proud of its RSVP program, its RSVP volunteers, and the fine work that they perform. If you would be interested in joining this elite group and meet the requirements for membership, please contact , RSVP Coordinator Hayley Yantorn at 714-536-5245. Your name and telephone number will be placed on the interest list, and when there is a need for a new class of about 20 RSVPs, you will be notified.



To go to the Vacation Check form.

Volunteer Applications


The Huntington Beach Police Department has four active volunteer programs and one academy available to serve the community. You may select from one of the following:



Explorers CSI training  Explorers CSI

Police Explorers- CSI Training
Citizens Academy - Spanish
Police Officer Reserve Program
Police Officer Reserve Program
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With intensified training and standards through P.O.S.T. Certification, today's Reserve Officers are fully equipped and trained to handle any assignment.

Becoming a Reserve Officer takes a dedicated, reliable and enthusiastic individual. The Huntington Beach Police Department wants to find applicants who have established careers in other areas of employment and who are P.O.S.T. certified. All applicants who are interested in gaining experience with a larger, progressive department can obtain an application at the location provided below.

Additional Training

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The Police Chaplain Program are on call 24 hours a day to help employees and the citizens of Huntington Beach during times of crisis. Above pictured from left to right: Sgt. J. Consoli, Chaplains Bruce Templeton, Oden Fong, Steve Purdue, Drew Lockerbie, James Scheller.

Applicants who meet all the qualifications, successfully completes the testing process, and are selected as recruits for the Huntington Beach Police Reserve will receive additional training. This training will relate to Huntington Beach Police Department procedures in firearms, communications, Municipal Codes, and hands-on practical experience in many additional subjects.

At the end of the Reserve Recruit's training, each member will be required to complete evaluated patrol rides prior to active reserve duty.

Minimum Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizen or Naturalized Citizen
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 21 Years of Age by P.O.S.T. Certification/Basic Police Academy
  • Good Health
  • Valid Driver's License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Complete physical, psychological exams as well as oral interview
  • Pass background investigation
  • Dedicate 20 hours a month
  • Monthly Qualification (in firearms, weapons, tactics and/or procedures)
Compensation:
  • $150 per month stipend to cover uniform cleaning & equipment maintenance
  • Uniform & Safety Equipment issued
Contact: Sgt. John Van Holt
Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS)
Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS)
The Volunteers in Police Services Program is made of citizens who attend and graduated from the Citizens Police Academy. The Academy is a 12 week course where citizens learn about the Police Department and its many functions. After graduating, the citizen can apply to become a member in the VIPS Program to help at various special events, such as National Night Out, Curb Crime Program (a program designed to distribute information about vehicle burglary prevention), Neighborhood Watch and many other events. VIPS help staff two substations located within our city and they assist with administrative tasks throughout our department. Presently there are a total of 25 active VIPS members. VIPS are required to donate a total of 60 hours annually. 

Unfortunately, at this time we are not hosting a Citizens Academy class, but you can still submit an application and we will follow up with you once we have dates for our next academy.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
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MissionThe RSVP is comprised of men and women over the age of 55 who come from all walks of life. The reason most often given for volunteering was their desire to "give something back to their community." Now that they are retired, they can share their time, energy, wisdom, knowledge and talent with the Huntington Beach Police Department. 

SelectionProspective RSVPs are selected after passing an oral interview, a background check, and a positive assessment of their suitability for the various duties they will be asked to perform, including a driving skills test.

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RSVP float during a 4th of July parade. (Click on photo to enlarge)

BackgroundThe Department's RSVP program began in 1994 when the first group of 25 volunteers graduated from an eight-week training program. Additional volunteers have graduated in following years to bring the present number to 51.

The ProgramAfter graduation, they are prepared to go forth and assist the Police Department as special ambassadors, performing a variety of tasks which otherwise could not be undertaken due to budget, personnel and time constraints. RSVPs volunteer a minimum of six hours a week to the program, although many find their duties so interesting, rewarding, and enjoyable, that some volunteer as many as 30 to 35 hours a week. There is a great deal of camaraderie, fun and friendship among the RSVPs. RSVPs are supplied with specially-marked white police cars, acting as additional "eyes and ears" for the Department.

rsvp_signDutiesThe RSVPs check the security of homes who are away on vacation, remove illegally posted signs from public property, assure the accuracy of the city maps used by the police department.

RSVPs are the first to volunteer their time and energy during periods when the Police Department is busiest, assisting with a variety of events such as the 4th of July holiday. They also work in-house for the Department, including filing, preparing evidence, entering data into computers, duplicating training material & more.

RSVPs are also active within their community, alerting and educating the residents to the risk associated with leaving garage doors open, leaving windows and doors unlocked, or having missing or unreadable house numbers. RSVPs staff Police Substations to provide information to visitors, help with clerical and other duties, and act as roving ambassadors of good will towards the community's citizens.

ActivitiesRSVPs have an an active social calendar as well. Monthly meetings bring them together to munch on coffee and donuts, learn the latest changes in Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures and swap experiences while on patrol.

rsvp_trunkTrack RecordRSVPs in this past year removed over 30,000 illegally posted signs, performed in excess of 4,500 vacation house checks, and volunteered over 30,000 hours. The RSVPs contribute over $750,000 in skills and time to the city annually.

RecruitmentThe Huntington Beach Police Department is very proud of its RSVP program, its RSVP volunteers, and the fine work that they perform. If you would be interested in joining this elite group and meet the requirements for membership, please contact , RSVP Coordinator Hayley Yantorn at 714-536-5245. Your name and telephone number will be placed on the interest list, and when there is a need for a new class of about 20 RSVPs, you will be notified.

To go to the Vacation Check form.

Volunteer Applications