VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING

“We are not the arm of the police; we are the heart of the community.”

Who are we?

Volunteers at the Holiday Sing

The Cypress Volunteers In Policing (V.I.P.) is a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist police with non-enforcement duties that allow Officers to focus on crime reduction. Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery levels, and information input, and they provide new program opportunities. In addition, Volunteers can bring new skills and expertise to the job and prompt new enthusiasm.

The work and devotion of a Volunteer is an extremely valuable resource to the Cypress Police Department. Volunteers donate their time and energy to the community without expecting any compensation except for the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the City of Cypress a better place to live, work and play.

The Volunteers In Policing program was created to develop a strong partnership that bridges the gap between community needs and community volunteer resources. Volunteers do not take enforcement action, carry weapons, or make arrests. Volunteers are utilized as additional “eyes, ears, and hands” of the police department in a patrol capacity as well as in support assistance to police personnel.

Why become a Police Volunteer?

  • Become an integral part of the Cypress Police Department team
  • Assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime in Cypress
  • Meet new people
  • Gain valuable work experience and personal growth that comes with helping others
  • Take pride in knowing you are part of the solution in crime reduction
Volunteers in Policing

What training will I receive?

Volunteers will attend a six (6) week training program to acquaint them with the department, personnel, policies and procedures that will have a direct impact on their work assignment. Volunteers will also receive training covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, patrol procedures, radio usage, driver awareness, crime prevention and data protection. Other training may be given depending on the volunteer role.

What will I be doing?

Some of the duties the Volunteers perform are vacation house checks, conducting station tours, school presentations, fleet maintenance, shooting range maintenance, traffic and parking control, fingerprinting, community events, crime scene containment, materials transportation and delivery, and data entry.

Will it cost me anything?

Although you will not be paid a salary, your volunteering role should not leave you with any money out-of-pocket. Uniforms will be provided after successfully passing the six (6) week training course.

How old do I have to be?

Volunteers should be over 18 years of age.

What are the requirements?

Persons interested in participating in the VIP program should be residents of Cypress or attend school or work in the city. Other persons not meeting these requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Volunteer candidates are selected following an oral interview and background investigation.

Cypress Volunteers are expected to donate a minimum of four (4) hours per week. These can be arranged at any time to suit your own personal and work commitments.

Volunteers will be required to pass an oral interview and successfully pass a background check. Additional requirements for the VIP program consist of possessing a valid driver’s license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and the desire to contribute a minimum of four (4) hours per-week to the program. Volunteers are a tremendous asset to the police department and bring a broad range of skills and experience.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a V.I.P. and meet the program qualifications, please click here for an application that you can fill out, print, sign and mail to or drop off at the Cypress Police Department; or you can call the Community Services Unit at (714) 229-6625 or (714)229-6626 and have an application mailed to you. Applications are accepted on a continual basis.


EXPLORER PROGRAM

Cypress Explorers Post 1036

The Cypress Police Explorer Post 1036 is an extension of the Boy Scouts of America. The program provides young men and women the opportunity to gain valuable training and experience in the law enforcement field. One of many goals of the program is to help teenage girls and boys to decide if a career in law enforcement is right for them.

Police Explorers perform a variety of community services such as: Traffic control, crowd control, fingerprinting children and assisting with special events. As part of the program, the explorer will be exposed to many aspects of the police department and will receive training in areas such as:

  • Traffic / Crowd Control at Special Events
  • Systematic Evidence/Person Searching Techniques
  • Jail Procedures
  • Radio Communications
  • Records
  • Community Relations
  • Crime Scene Investigations
Cypress Police Explorers Post 1036

Along with training, the explorer will participate in many other Post activities such as:

  • Emergency Activity Call-outs
  • Ride-along with patrol officers
  • Field Trips to other agencies
  • Social trips to beaches, amusement parks, etc.
  • Explorer Academy

Who May Participate?
Any young adult age 14 to 20 years of age who:

  • Maintains a satisfactory grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Will maintain a good moral character and unblemished record
  • Is healthy and possesses no deficiency in his or her physical condition which would deter him or her from a career in law enforcement.

For an opportunity to participate in a law enforcement agency, contact Det. Matt Ward at 714-229-6635 or mward@ci.cypress.ca.us.


RACES

Cypress RACES Freqs.

Primary Simplex -144.410
Secondary Simplex - 144.350
DStar Repeater 446.860

WEEKLY NET

Every Monday night at 1830 hours on the primary simplex frequency.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Every third Wednesday of each month at 1600 hours at the police department.
Guests are welcome to attend.

Cypress Police Department
5275 Orange Ave.
Cypress, CA. 90630

Who are we?

The Cypress Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) team members are part of a unique volunteer group. Each member is a licensed ham radio operator, ranging from having their “technician” to “extra” class FCC license. Some of our team members have had their licenses since the 1950’s when Morse Code was a prevailing technology.

Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service that provides communications personnel to government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of activation, RACES personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications.

Whatever need arises, trained RACES personnel are ready and prepared to help. RACES groups develop and maintain their communications ability by training throughout the year with special exercises and public-service events. When an emergency occurs, the Cypress RACES team will be there to meet the challenge.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the creation and regulation of RACES operations, administration of the service is the responsibility of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is charged with the task of administrating RACES groups because of its role in national disaster preparedness and disaster aid and recovery.

Traditional RACES operations involve emergency message handling on Amateur Radio Service frequencies. These operations typically involve messages between critical locations such as hospitals, emergency services, emergency shelters, and any other locations where communication is needed.

These communications are handled in any mode available, with 2 meters FM being the most prevalent. Other tasks that RACES personnel are involved with may not involve amateur-radio communications. For example, RACES communicators may become involved in public-safety or other government communications, and emergency equipment repair.

Why become a Cypress RACES member?

The primary purpose of the Cypress RACES team is to provide auxiliary or backup communications to the City of Cypress in the event of a disaster, local emergency or public service events.

Members also have the opportunity to become an integral part of the Cypress Police Department, meet new people, gain valuable experience and participate as part of emergency management operations throughout Orange County.

What will I be doing?

RACES members function under the guidance of a Chief Radio Officer, Chief Technology Officer and a Logistics Officer. The other team members are radio operators. The entire team is managed by a Police Services Officer.

Team members donate their time, qualifications and expertise to train and prepare for any event needing a communications capability. Team members can be activated for a localized or large-scale disaster, to work pre-planned events, or to serve at the discretion of the Chief of Police and/or the Incident Commander.

Each team member agrees to attend regular meetings, participate in a weekly ham radio NET, attend training sessions, and participate in public events within the county.

Will it cost me anything?

There is no cost to become a RACES team member, however it is desirable to own your own ham radio. The police department provides uniforms, radio room equipment, a RACES trailer for staging at events and other miscellaneous equipment.

How old do I have to be?

Cypress Police Department Volunteer Corps. Members must be at least 18 years of age or older.

What are the requirements?

Due to the structure of FEMA, each RACES group is, in turn, administrated by a local government agency responsible for disaster services. Cypress RACES operations are under the auspices of the Cypress Police Department, Volunteer Corps.

In order to fulfill that purpose and meet our responsibilities, our organization requires a participation commitment by our member volunteers.

  • Complete and submit a Cypress Volunteer Application with a RACES supplemental application.
  • Successfully complete the interview process.
  • Pass a background investigation/check conducted by the Cypress Police Department.
  • Complete at a minimum your technician license prior to appoint to the team.
  • Completion FEMA classes IS100, IS200, and IS700.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License.

How do I apply?

Please click here for an application that you can fill out, print, sign and mail to or drop off at the Cypress Police Department; or you can call the Community Services Unit at (714) 229-6625 or (714)229-6626 and have an application mailed to you. Applications are also available at the front desk of the police station located at 5275 Orange Ave.

For additional information or questions on our RACES program, feel free to visit our web-site at www.cypressraces.org or contact: Cypress Police Department Volunteer RACES Coordinator Loree Erpelding at (714) 229-6625 or by e-mail at lerpelding@ci.cypress.ca.us