Invitation to Join Chief Mills’ New V.I.P. Program

Did you know that you can partner with our Santa Cruz Police Department to do something positive about today’s crime problems and contribute to our community!?


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Santa Cruz Police Chief Andrew Mills is pleased to announce a new Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program, designed to allow community members to assist the SCPD to enhance public safety and crime prevention efforts.

“Each volunteer on the streets will increase both community safety and department effectiveness by adding more eyes and ears and freeing up sworn police officers to complete other critical tasks,” said Chief Mills. Together, we can help to ensure the City of Santa Cruz remains a safe place in which to live and work.”




Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a month. Duties will include clerical support, security checks in neighborhoods, welfare checks on the elderly, conducting vacation home security checks, working at special events, enforcing parking violations, vehicle abatement and helping with a variety of other department tasks. They will walk the downtown area, provide information and assistance to the community and report safety issues. Members will wear uniforms, but will not take enforcement action, carry weapons, or make arrests.


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If interested in this V.I.P. program, send an email to, call (831) 420-5989, or post your interest online and we’ll connect with you. Volunteers undergo screening and background checks, must be at least 18 years of age and be able to commit to a minimum of eight hours a month.

All volunteers will be partners with SCPD and will bring added value in services for the department. We hope to connect with you soon!

More information is available at SCPD Volunteers In  Policing.


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