Volunteerism

EXPLORERS

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 from 14 to 18 years-old and have a 2.0 or better gradepoint 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. Contact the Explorer Advisor at 562.799.4100 Ext. 1136, for more information. Participation is not limited to Seal Beach residency. 

Highlights include:

  • Attend the Police Explorer Academy
  • Build leadership skills and develop self-discipline.
  • Build character while serving your community.

About Explorers and Exploring

  • Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 years-old and have completed the 8th grade, through 20 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.
  • Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis:
    1. Career opportunities
    2. Life skills
    3. Citizenship
    4. Character education
    5. Leadership experience

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)

The Seal Beach Police Department has a large group of citizen volunteers who dedicate themselves to Emergency Preparedness. They are called the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Under the concept that “disaster knows no boundaries” just as crime does not, this group is also affiliated with the West Orange County CERT, serving the cities of Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Cypress, La Palma, and Buena Park. CERT volunteers are educated about disaster preparedness and trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and take a more active role in preparing their community. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Some CERT volunteers undertake additional training through the police department. Once completed, this group of CERT volunteers may be deployed to large scale events where they can assist with wildfire basecamp operations, flood and tsunami evacuations and recovery, aircrash perimeter control, earthquake preparation and recovery, and a host of other activities related to emergency preparedness.

For more info, please contact Mr. Todd DeVoe at 562.799.4100 Ext. 1145.

RADIO AMATEUR CIVIL EMERGENCY SERVICES (RACES)

The Seal Beach Police Department, in collaboration with the Los Alamitos Police Department, has enlisted another large cadre of volunteers who specialize in providing Amateur Radio, often called ham radio, services to the community in times of emergency. Working under the Emergency Services Bureau, our RACES volunteers see amateur radio as both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams", use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public services, recreation and self-training. An estimated two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio. The term "amateur" does not imply a lack of skill or quality, but rather that amateur radio and its operators work outside of an official, governmental or commercial capacity.

All Seal Beach Police incident command equipment include a RACES component. Using such technology allows our RACES members to ‘talk around the world’ by radio. During a disaster or other significant event, our RACES Team members will support police and other law enforcement communications.

The Seal Beach/Los Alamitos Police RACES Team meets once a month at the Seal Beach Police Department to discuss new technology, use of existing technology, and practice using state-of-the-art equipment. The current RACES Team numbers more than 30 members!

To join our RACES Team or for more info, please contact Mr. Todd DeVoe at 562.799.4100 Ext. 1145 or tdevoe@sealbeachca.gov.

POLICE CHAPLAIN CORPS

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

What is a Police Chaplain? 

"No one is confronted with more situations that demoralize and create emotional, mental, and spiritual burdens than today's law enforcement officer. These burdens also affect the officer's family and other members of his or her department. Law enforcement agencies need the specialized guidance, counseling, and assistance that Police Chaplains can provide." …From the International Conference of Police Chaplains

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.
  • Working with police officers to assist in any kind of crisis where the presence of a trained chaplain might help.
  • Counseling Department members in response to stress or family crisis problems. Any such assistance will be privileged and confidential between the officer and chaplain involved.
  • Visiting with sick or injured members of the Department at their home or in the hospital.
  • Helping organize Department response to ceremonies for California officers killed in the line of duty.
  • Offering prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, award ceremonies, and dedications of buildings, etc.
  • 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 the Police Department in the performance of appropriate ceremonial functions.
  • 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.
  • Assisting at suicide incidents.
  • Assistingwith specialized teams (Crisis Response, Hostage Negotiation, SWAT, etc.) only after the appropriate, specialized training.

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.
  • Chaplains will be furnished identification that will be displayed while performing duties as a police chaplain.

To join our Police Chaplain Corps, or for more info, please contact Senior Police Chaplain, Donald Shoemaker at dshoemaker@sealbeachca.gov .

POLICE RESERVE OFFICER CORPS

The Seal Beach Police Department is looking for a “few good folks” to serve the community as Level-1 Reserve Police Officers. Reserve Officers have the same authority as regular Police Officers – they just do it part-time! This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to join a police department and make a difference in the community. Some Reserve Officers do so because it satisfies a personal ‘yen’ to give something back. Others use the opportunity to enter the law enforcement industry with aspirations of becoming a professional, regular officer. In either case, we hope you are interested in becoming a member of the Seal Beach Police Department family!

Seal Beach Reserve Police Officers must contribute a minimum of 20 hours service per month. All uniforms and safety equipment are provided. Each Reserve Officer receives $200 per month, intended for dry cleaning and uniform maintenance. Once on board, the 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 a Watch Commander’s discretion. The typical Reserve Officer works within the Patrol Bureau, 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 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.

For further info about the Seal Beach Police Reserve Officer Corps, please contact our Reserve Corps Program Coordinator, Sergeant Raul Ahumada at 562.799.4100, Ext. 1601.