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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

Redwood City ’s Community VIPS (“Volunteers in Police Service”) to Assist with Downtown Patrol, Influx of Visitors, and Information

Redwood City, CA - July 24 , 2006 - Six community volunteers, recruited from Redwood City’s Citizen Police Academy, are trained, outfitted, and ready to assist the public as the Downtown cinema and other new businesses open to the public.

The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) will initially focus their efforts Downtown, particularly during the grand opening of the Century Theatre complex, which is expected to draw thousands of new visitors every week. These dedicated volunteers will also assist the Redwood City Police Department during other events such as the 4th of July Parade, PAL events, concerts, and other activities.

As they walk throughout the Downtown area, the VIPS will be available to answer the public’s questions, provide assistance and help to visitors, offer directions and information, and make contact with regular patrol officers if the need arises. The VIPS have completed a six-week training course consisting of policy and procedures, radio operation, dispatch and patrol, vehicle procedures, CPR/first aid, and report writing. Each volunteer was extensively interviewed, and a background check was conducted to ensure suitability for the position. All patrol volunteers will be wearing a uniform which consists of a light blue shirt and dark blue pants, so they’ll be easily recognized by the public.

These volunteers are enthusiastic and energized about all the wonderful new things happening Downtown, and we’re grateful for their help” said City Manager Ed Everett. “They’ll be a valuable asset not only to our Police Department, but also to the thousands of visitors that want to get to know our Downtown.”

Other community members that may want to volunteer for this fun, interesting, and interactive position should first apply for the Redwood City’s Citizen Police Academy, which starts in September. Applications for that intensive, 11-week program are now being accepted and are available online at redwoodcity.org.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Take a look at the variety of City webcams at redwoodcity.org/webcam, and subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter by emailing e-news@redwoodcity.org.

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Contact:
Officer Jesse Bets
Redwood City Police
650-780-7102


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