Volunteer Programs

Police volunteer services are located at the Police Department and Main Street Pier Sub-Station. The Department offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, totaling more than 500 volunteers:

  • Volunteers in Policing (VIP's)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.)
  • Police Explorer Program
  • Reserve Officer Program
  • Chaplain Corps

Learn More

For questions or more information about any of the volunteer opportunities described below, please contact the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100.

Volunteers in Policing (VIP's)

The Seal Beach Volunteers in Policing (VIP's) is a program that utilizes the talents of citizens that are looking for a great place to volunteer. Some of the jobs that VIP's preform in Seal Beach are fleet management, Volunteers on Patrol, vacation patrols, administrative type duties, and more.

Commitment

As a member of the VIP's team your commitment is as follows:

  • 20 hours per month.
  • Attendance at a monthly volunteer meeting.
  • Staffing at two special assignments a year.

Training

To become a VIP's team member you must submit to a complete background check, attend the VIP's academy, and complete your field training within six months of becoming a member of the VIP's program.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Seal Beach, in partnership with the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Buena Park, and Westminster, is a member of the West Orange County Regional Community Emergency Response Team, known as West County CERT. This program was developed to provide basic disaster response training to individuals for their own neighborhood. West County CERT is a volunteer response team and has responded to multiple federal and local disasters.

West County CERT Training Class Sign Ups

CERT Goals

  • Train residents, employees, businesses, and school personnel in basic disaster preparedness and emergency response.
  • Promote greater self-sufficiency throughout the community.
  • Maintain a cadre of well-trained individuals who will be prepared to provide support to their families, neighborhood, and community in the event of a disaster.

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (R.A.C.E.S.)

R.A.C.E.S. is a public service comprised of dedicated amateur radio operators, also known as HAMS. This group of volunteers provides communication personnel to the City of Seal Beach in times of extraordinary need.

Functions

R.A.C.E.S. operations are in two basic functions. First, they observe and report on local conditions in their neighborhood during an emergency or disaster. Second, R.A.C.E.S. members are an important member of the Emergency Operations Center; they handle incoming emergency messaging traffic, operate the Amateur Television, assist with communications at the Incident Command Post, and more.

Police Explorer Program

The Police Explorer Program is for young men and women who are between the ages of 14 years old (completion of 8th grade) and 18 years old.

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations, like the Seal Beach Police Department, initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Recruiting

The Seal Beach Police Department is looking for young men and women who are eager to participate in its Police Explorer Post 1041 program. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 (completion of 8th grade) and 18 years old, and have a 2.0 or better grade point average. Police Explorers learn about law enforcement procedures, ride-along with police officers, provide traffic and parking control for special events, and a host of other activities. Participation is not limited to Seal Beach residents.

Chaplain Corps

The Seal Beach Police Department enlists the ministerial services of those who would make counselling and pastoral services available to officers, their families, other Department members, and citizens of this community through the Chaplain Corps, whenever such services are requested.

A law enforcement chaplain is a clergy person with a passionate interest in, and the specialized training for, pastoral care in the dangerous world of law enforcement. This pastoral care is offered to all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, or religion. It is offered without cost or proselytizing.

The law enforcement chaplain is led in his or her own faith to be available and ready to serve those in need. The chaplain's ministry provides a source of strength to the law enforcement officers and their families, other department members, the community, and the incarcerated.

Chaplains listen and participate in the workplace of law enforcement officers with empathy and experience, advising calmly in the midst of turmoil and danger, and offering assistance when appropriate or requested.

What Does a Police Chaplain Do?

The duties of the Police Chaplain may include, but are not limited to:

  • Riding along with officers on routine patrol on various shifts.
  • Accompanying a police officer to assist with notification of any suicide, death, or serious injury.
  • Counselling personnel in response to stress or family crisis problems.
  • Helping organize Department response to ceremonies for California officers killed in the line of duty.
  • Offering prayers at special occasions such as graduations, awards ceremonies, and dedications of buildings.
  • Advising the Chief of Police in all matters of a religious nature involving the Police Department and performance of law enforcement duties in the community. Further, chaplains shall act as liaison with local ministerial associations and on matters pertaining to the moral, spiritual, and religious welfare of police personnel.
  • Assisting in the provision of planned, scheduled training to police personnel. Training may include orientation as a new employee, Academy training, roll call training, spouse orientation, etc.
  • Providing practical assistance to victims.

Who Qualifies as a Police Chaplain?

  • Chaplain applicants are subject to a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • The Chief of Police will appoint chaplains.
  • Chaplains must be ordained or licensed ministers in good standing in a recognized religious denomination or group.
  • Chaplains must be skilled in ministry and pastoral care.
  • Chaplains must maintain high spiritual and moral standards.
  • Chaplains must demonstrate a commitment to ministry with police officers.
  • Chaplains must become familiar with and accept the policies and procedures of the Chaplain's Program.
  • Chaplains must possess a valid California driver's license.

Reserve Officer Program

The Seal Beach Police Department is looking for individuals to serve the community as Level-1 Reserve Police Officers. This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to join a police department and make a difference in the community. Each Reserve Officer completes a full field training program, teamed with a Field Training Officer and Mentor. After the field training is completed, the Reserve Officer is free to work a variety of assignments pursuant to the Watch Commander's discretion. Reserve Officers work within Operations, but may be assigned to other special details as necessary.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of laws and policies covering modern methods of police work.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with fellow employees, City officials, and the public.
  • Education:  graduation from high school or equivalent.
  • United States citizen or resident alien and have applied for U.S. citizenship at least one year prior to the application of employment.
  • License:  possession of a valid California driver's license.
  • Physical Requirements:  must be in good physical condition, weight in proportion to height, vision 20/20 corrected, normal hearing acuity, and free from color blindness.

Experience & Training

  • Graduation from a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved law enforcement officer academy or successful completion of the P.O.S.T. Basic Course Waiver examination process within three months of application. Applicants currently enrolled in a P.O.S.T. approved academy must graduate within three months of application.