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Camarillo Police Department is Seeking Volunteers for its Citizen Patrol Program
9/12/2014 5:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Camarillo Citizen Patrol Program

Report Number:



Camarillo Police Department

Date & Time:


Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






The Camarillo Police Department's Citizen Patrol Program (C.C.P.) is currently seeking volunteers. This opportunity is open to residents of Camarillo and its outlaying unincorporated areas.


The C.C.P. program was formally organized on March 15, 1976, and is believed to be the oldest continuous program of its type still in existence in the United States today. The Camarillo Citizen Patrol has evolved to become a city-funded program that includes patrol vehicles, uniforms, and equipment for all members. Members receive training in radio procedures, recognizing suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities, first aid, traffic control, surveillance procedures, and searching for lost or missing children and adults. The Camarillo Citizen Patrol Program is a community based crime prevention program exercising pro-active law enforcement principles.  Participants in the program conduct daily patrols within the City of Camarillo and assist with traffic collisions, vacation house checks, crime prevention tasks, pedestrian and vehicle traffic control, transportation of vehicles for repair, and conduct the 'Kid Print' child fingerprinting program. Annually, Citizen Patrol members volunteer in excess of 10,000 hours.


All applicants must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid California driver's license, have no criminal convictions, must be in good physical and mental health, and have the ability to read, write and communicate in English fluently.  Additionally, applicants must be able to attend monthly meetings and volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month or 48 hours quarterly.


Interested individuals are required to complete an application to determine eligibility and suitability for membership in the program. Those persons who are eligible for membership are invited to an interview and evaluation of their application.  A background check of the applicant's driving record and criminal history will be conducted by Sheriff's Office personnel to determine eligibility for participation in the program.

If you are interested in applying for the Camarillo Citizen's Patrol or have any questions, you may visit the Camarillo Police Station to pick up a brochure and application, or contact Community Resource Officer, Todd Eskridge at (805)388-5129.


Prepared by:

SST II Todd Eskridge


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

SST II Todd Eskridge, Community Resource Officer


Approved by:

Captain Eric Dowd