Volunteers & Partnerships

Volunteer Units Introduction Community Partnerships Introduction
Police Reserves Youth Accountability Board
Citizen Volunteers
Police Explorers
Police Chaplain Unit

The Redlands Police Department is deeply committed to the use of volunteers to meet the goals and objectives of the organization. By utilizing community members to perform both sworn and civilian functions within the organization, the quality of life experienced in Redlands is enhanced. Police activities and functions that would have been unavailable to the community due to fiscal restraints are made possible through the thousands of hours donated by our volunteers. In return, volunteers are given the opportunity to serve the community as representatives of the Police Department, taking great honor and pleasure in personally helping to make the City of Redlands a safer and better place to live, work or visit.

Police Reserves
Sgt. Ken Wright, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681

The Redlands Police Department Reserve Unit is comprised of volunteers from a variety of professions, who live in the city or neighboring communities. The Redlands Police Department hires only those individuals who have successfully completed the training requirements for a Level I  & Level II Reserve Officer. This training may be obtained at one of the local community colleges, in conjunction with the Sheriff's Academy, either in the form of training modules or a regular police academy. Reserve officers receive extensive training in the many facets of law enforcement, which they routinely put to use while assisting the department.

Reserve officers render valuable assistance to all units in the department including; patrol, traffic, community policing, and investigations. Reserve officers most frequently assist in patrol related activities such as traffic, special events, and crowd control. They are also involved in investigative and administrative assistance. Reserve officers are available for call-out to assist in special emergency situations, such as flooding, fires, major traffic collisions and crime scene security. The officers provide other public service assistance, such as maintaining security at school functions and sports activities. Reserve officers assist in conducting downtown patrols during the Christmas season and policing the Boys and Girls Club "Late Night Hoops" basketball program.

The Reserve Unit also serves as valuable training for future law enforcement officers. Throughout the history of the Unit many members have been hired by the Redlands Police Department and other local agencies as fulltime police officers. The success of hiring reserve officers is evidenced by the fact that the majority of the Department's Executive Staff were reserve officers with this department.

The Reserve Unit currently consists of three members, who donate their hours to the residents of Redlands.

if you are interested in applying, you can call Human Resources at 909-798-7514 or visit the Human Resources page of the City of Redlands website.

Citizen Volunteer
Sgt Derik Ohlson, Coordinator
Business (909) 335-4730


The Redlands Police Department's Citizen Volunteer (CV) was established in 1991. The structure of the volunteer unit was predicated on the concept of a highly, visible, uniformed. unarmed, "eyes and ears" volunteer patrol force comprised primarily of retired community members seeking an opportunity to assist their local Police Department in making the streets of the community a safer place. Since that time the CV unit has expanded its responsibilities to include participation in all non-hazardous functions conducted by the department to include a wide range of duties including patrol, special events and administrative duties within the department. The unit consists of more than 70 members and membership is now open to those community members 18 years of age and older and to those interested in only performing administrative duties in lieu of patrol, to include members who have special physical needs which might preclude field duties. 

New members are constantly being recruited for the CV unit. Those persons 18 years of age or older wishing to be considered for membership in the CV unit may obtain an application online here or at the front counter of the Redlands Police Department, located at 1270 West Park Ave, Bldg #C.  If you would like additional information you can email Sgt. Derik Ohlson

Police Explorers

Sgt Patrick Leivas, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7681

Police Explorers

The Redlands Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a career exploration program, sponsored by the department and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorer Post began in 1968 and has been the starting point for many future law enforcement officers.

Young men and women interested in joining the program must be at least 15 years of age and no older than 21 years. The program is one of career exploration and education for youth interested in learning about the field of law enforcement. The program is not designed to rehabilitate troubled youth, but to further the knowledge of youth of good moral, ethical and educational standing, maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Applications may be obtained at the main police building, 1270 W Park Ave, Bldg #C, Redlands, and are accepted on a continuing basis. All applicants are carefully screened to ensure they meet the requirements of the program. Those applicants who pass the initial screening are interviewed and if selected, placed on a six month probationary period.

The Explorer Post holds two monthly meetings addressing training topics related to law enforcement and assigning special duties such as parade details and other special events. The program also incorporates training in areas of civic involvement and special projects which benefit the entire community. Explorer Post members provide assistance to: the Redlands Bicycle Classic, Run Through Redlands, Y.M.C.A. annual Home Tour, El Carmello Retreat Festival, bicycle rodeos and other safety fairs. The Explorers also participate in ride-alongs with on duty police officers on patrol shifts. Each year, Explorers donate thousands of hours of service to the department and community.

Interested persons may obtain an application online or by calling the above number.

Police Chaplain Unit

Sgt. Dominick Povero, Coordinator
Business (909) 798-7622

The Police Chaplain Unit consists of volunteer ministers of varying faiths. The program is a crisis ministry designed to offer a professional religious/social ministry to the people of Redlands and the members of the Redlands Police Department through counseling and crisis intervention. Chaplains support and assist officers in providing the best service possible to the citizens of the City of Redlands. These ministers are on-call 24 hours a day to bring comfort, consolation and assistance to persons involved in crises, accidents and catastrophes. With an officer, they will notify members of a family when relatives are involved in life threatening situations where injury or death has occurred.

The Chaplains not only respond to callouts, but ride in the patrol car alongside the regular officers and frequently find themselves in developing crisis situations. This is when they are most beneficial by bringing a calming effect to the situation.

Each year, chaplains are called out on many occasions to be with and minister to the families and victims of crime. They have also counseled members of the department through crisis situations in their lives.



The foundation for any community policing activity is based heavily on the successful development and implementation of community partnerships. It is through this collaborative use of community resources, members and organizations to accomplish common goals and solve problems that the community policing philosophy becomes an integral part of the community culture. Working as partners in a team environment develops trust and a sense of community among participants and those affected by the group’s efforts. A major result of these efforts is a feeling of ownership throughout the community for maintaining a high quality of life. The Police Department is committed to expanding on its current partnerships, with an emphasis on bringing new groups and individuals into the process.

Youth Accountability Board

The Youth Accountability Board (YAB) is formed to address first time, non-violent juvenile offenders. It consists of a citizen review board that hears cases and recommends local work sentences.

YAB has begun an improved method of monitoring our active youth. The use of interns from the University of Redlands has proven to be an effective tool. New working board members are being recruited who do not view their position as "honorary" but see it as an opportunity to serve "at risk" youth.

There were 84 cases heard by the YAB in 2005. The board spends an average of four months monitoring minors assigned to them. The monitor ensures that the contract agreed upon by the panel and the minor is completed.

This program is instrumental in the reduction of juvenile court congestion throughout the County of San Bernardino.

For additional information, please contact the RPD School Resources Officers.


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