In 1990 the Fountain Valley Police Department established a program utilizing retired volunteers to provide services to our community. This program, designated the Retire Senior Volunteer Program or RSVP, has become an important part of the Fountain Valley Police Department. The program currently has 43 volunteers providing invaluable assistance to the department.
One of the greatest strengths of the RSVP program comes from the variety of life experiences that the volunteers bring. Our members have come from the ranks of teachers, aerospace workers, secretaries, retail merchandising, truck drivers and airline pilots to name a few. Two of the things they have in common are that they are retired and have a sincere wish to give back to their community.
One of their duties include patrolling our neighborhoods for the identification of community problems which is then relayed to either the police department or the city’s code enforcement for corrective action. They also provide other important duties such as checking homes of vacationing residents, interacting with community members, spotting and reporting graffiti and patrolling parking lots for handicapped parking violations.
Another duty that they perform are administrative jobs in nearly every area of the Police Department, including the records department and traffic department. Some of their responsibilities include data entry, filing, fingerprinting, administrative review of parking citations and other duties that help ease the workload of the police department.
If you would like to be considered for the Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Program, please go to the Police Department’s website and fill out an interest card, or for more information on the program, you can contact Crime Prevention Specialist Joanne Minney at 714-593-4526.