In November of 1995, the Grass Valley Police Department formally established a community program called the “Volunteer Patrol.” The goal of this program is to recruit, train, and deploy citizen volunteers to perform routine, non-hazardous police functions, thereby allowing officers to concentrate on those duties that only police personnel can perform. Citizens who are selected to volunteer must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of Nevada County, submit an application, be of good health, undergo a background investigation including an interview, and then must satisfactorily perform duties during a 40-hour on-the-job training phase.
Grass Valley Police Department Volunteer Patrol is a proactive, community-based crime prevention program that models a cooperative effort between the Police Department and citizen volunteers. This program is designed to reduce local crime and social disorder by improving the effectiveness of police response, increasing patrol coverage, and strengthening the partnerships between police department personnel and community residents.
Should you have an interest in becoming a volunteer for the Grass Valley Police Department, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 477-4600.
Community Oriented Policing (COP)
Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime. Citizens are encouraged to contact GVPD Officers for general questions, information, or to set up a crime prevention program. The COP program is designed to enhance interaction between officers and the citizens of Grass Valley in an effort to improve community relations and crime prevention.
Becoming part of an existing Neighborhood Watch program, or starting a new one, is a great way for community members to become involved in crime prevention. By bringing citizens together with law enforcement, a Neighborhood Watch is one of the best ways to deter crime and make communities safer.