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Since 1992, the Redwood City Police Department has been giving high school kids an opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement through its Cadet Program. Cadets volunteer 10 hours of their time each month, as well as attend monthly meetings and training sessions. Working with sworn police officers at public events and assisting in various capacities throughout the department helps the young people develop new leadership skills and explore many of the facets of public service.

Cadets assist with all of Redwood City’s major activities, including the annual 4th of July Parade and fireworks display, the yearly holiday Toy Drive, and numerous other community events.

In addition to their volunteer efforts, they train year-round for their annual State Explorer Competition, where the team competes against groups from around the State in shooting, scenarios, and various leadership exercises.

For more information about the Police Cadet Program, please contact Officer Angela Wittman at 650-780-7100 x5037.

Reserve Officer Program

The Redwood City Police Department's reserve unit is comprised of volunteers who have met the California Peace Officers Standards and Training requirements and have been certified by the state. They also undergo a field-training program much like that of a regular Redwood City Officer. Once all training has been completed they are required maintain 20 hours of patrol duty each month, and attend training meetings.

During a typical year, in addition to their patrol duties, the Reserves volunteer a total of 3,411 hours to support the following activities:

  • Sex Registrant Verification
  • Prostitution Decoy Operations
  • Auto Burglary Operations
  • DUI Checkpoints
  • Warrant Service
  • Tis the Season Parade
  • Toys for Tots deliveries
  • New Years Eve "Silent Night" Task Force
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival
  • Citizen Police Academy Presentations
  • Honor Guard Duties
  • CharityFun Run
  • 4th of July Festival and Parade
  • Police Boat Special Events
  • Public Safety Day

Citizens interested in becoming reserve officers should call Officer Peter Cang at 650-780-7100 x 5021.

Volunteers In Police Service

The purpose of the V.I.P.S. program is to provide local community members fulfilling opportunities to use their skills and experience to assist the Police Department in providing a high level of service to the community and to strengthen the relationship between the Department and the community.

The V.I.P.S. program supplements the efforts of paid staff to facilitate internal services and programs; it serves as a means for residents and local workers to become familiar with the Police Department; and it creates opportunities for individuals to attain personal satisfaction while performing a valuable service for the community.

For more information on becoming a V.I.P., contact Officer Ken Faljean at 650-780-7104

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