The Fountain Valley Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was established in June 1990, starting with 9 RSVP volunteers. The program currently has approximately 45 members.
Initially RSVPs conducted residential vacation checks, conducted fingerprinting, clerical tasks, and participated in various special events such as driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints and the Every Fifteen Minutes Program.
Over the years their duties have expanded. In 1995 RSVP members began visiting local business in order to obtain updated emergency contact information. This information was critical for officers responding to emergencies.
Now, RSVP members are part of a Business Licensing Team, contacting vendors throughout the city to assure licensing standards are met. RSVPs also work with Code Enforcement patrolling residential tracts for violations such as overgrown lawns, vehicles parked on lawns or improperly stored trashcans. These activities help maintain Fountain Valley as a safe and aesthetically pleasing community.
RSVPs work in a variety of capacities and under the guidance of a Police Sergeant. RSVPs are selected for service through a competitive interview process. They attend a 24 hour academy where they learn about the organization and inner workings of the Police Department.
Their training includes radio codes and procedures, how to issue a parking citation, how to take fingerprints, drive a department vehicle, and conduct residential vacation checks. Upon graduation they are sworn in by the Chief of Police and work with other RSVP members.
Police Department Mission and Values Statement
Organization and Duties of various Units within the Police Department
Police Procedures including; Radio Procedure, Defensive Driving, Issuing Parking Citations and Livescan Fingerprinting
Community service to enhance life experience, character development and teamwork
Wears an RSVP Uniform
Completes the RSVP Academy
Attends a monthly training meeting
Volunteers Approximately 5 hours per week
Conducts Vacation Home Checks
Removes Illegal Signage on Public Property
Issues Handicapped and Expired Registration Parking Citations
Conducts Livescan Fingerprinting Services
Assists Officers at DUI checkpoints, National Night Out and Summerfest
Assists Code Enforcement Identify Violations in Neighborhoods
Assists the City with Business Licensing
Updates Business Emergency Contact Information
55 years and older
Live in the local area
Submit to a criminal background check
Demonstrate a desire to serve the public
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Nancy Lopez by calling 714-593-4526 or filling out our contact form for more details.