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Friday June 3rd, 2022 :: 02:21 p.m. PDT


News Story-Camarillo Police Department Volunteers

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Police Department Seeking Volunteers
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Location: Camarillo Police Department
3701 Las Posas Rd.  Camarillo CA 93010
Date & Time: Friday, June 03, 2022
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Community Resources Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

The Camarillo Police Department is currently accepting applications from Camarillo residents to join their community volunteer programs. There are three volunteer groups consisting of the Camarillo Citizen Patrol (C.C.P.), Disaster Assistance Response Team (D.A.R.T.) and Explorers. All programs are supervised by the Camarillo Police Department for the city of Camarillo. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Camarillo Police Department have long experienced strong partnerships with citizen volunteers. The contributions made by these trained volunteers have been an integral part of the support system needed to achieve law enforcement’s mission of public safety.
Exploring is an exciting way for youth to explore the dynamic field of law enforcement first hand. The program is designed to enhance a youth’s preparation for a future in law enforcement service, encourage community service, offer first hand experiences with field activities of the Sheriff’s Office and provide Camarillo Police positive relationships with local youth. Explorers have the opportunity to participate in ride alongs with deputies, attend weekly meetings, participate in tactical based competitions, perform specialized details, go to a 3-week summer academy and much more.
Requirements to join the Explorers:
  • Applicants must be between 14 and 20 years of age and completed the 8th grade
  • Live or go to school in the greater Camarillo area
  • Pass a background examination
  • Have no criminal history
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA
Disaster Assistance Response Team
D.A.R.T. is a volunteer organization to respond in support of the city of Camarillo and the county of Ventura under direction of the Camarillo Police, in times of emergency, disasters or general requests. D.A.R.T. members must complete 80 hours of initial CERT training and are recurrently trained in first aid, traffic control, light search and rescue, and communications. D.A.R.T. attends and helps at many local civic events including Camarillo High football games, street fairs, July 4th, Christmas parade, and many other community events.
Camarillo Citizen Patrol Program
The C.C.P. is a community-based crime prevention program exercising pro-active law enforcement principles. The C.C.P. program is composed of volunteers who desire to interact, serve and protect their community. C.C.P. members conduct visibility patrols, assist with community-based activities such as parades, perform vacation house checks, conduct traffic control at collisions, help during local incidents and events, perform Kid Print and Person At-Risk Cards, and perform other specialized station duties.
Requirements to join D.A.R.T. or C.C.P. volunteer programs are:
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must live or work in Camarillo/Somis
  • Must be in good health & have a clean driving record
  • Attend monthly meetings & meet monthly hourly requirements
  • Must pass a Sheriff’s Office background check
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, or wish to sign up, please stop by the Camarillo Police Station for a program specific pamphlet or call SST Todd Eskridge at (805) 388-5129.
Prepared by: SST II Todd Eskridge  
News Release Date: June 3, 2022  
Media Follow-Up Contact: SST II Todd Eskridge, Community Resource Officer
Camarillo Police Department (805) 388-5129
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