Citizens on Patrol Program Established in Desert Edge
DESERT EDGE – Desert Edge residents, with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, have organized a Citizens on Patrol program to enlist volunteers to help keep the community safe.
The Sheriff’s Department will present a patrol vehicle and launch the program at Tuesday’s Desert Edge Community Council meeting. The meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Desert Crest Country Club clubhouse in Desert Edge, 69-400 Country Club Dr.
Desert Edge is an unincorporated community located along Dillon Road, east of Desert Hot Springs, between Interstate 10 and the western foothills of Joshua Tree National Park.
“Citizens patrols have a long and proud history throughout our county in keeping us all safer, by working closely with our deputies and in giving back to their very own communities,” said Sheriff Stan Sniff. “These citizen volunteers are a critical component of all community oriented policing programs, and the Sheriff's Department owes each of them a great debt of gratitude for their volunteer efforts in serving as our critical eyes and ears in the fight against crime.”
The Sheriff’s Department is providing a marked patrol vehicle for the program. In addition, the department will provide training, uniforms, radios and staff to support the program.
“Citizens on Patrol is a great crime prevention program that utilizes volunteers who help the Sheriff’s Department maintain safer neighborhoods,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I appreciate the community’s interest and thank the Sheriff’s Department for handling all the arrangements to establish and support this program.”
Citizens on Patrol volunteers are ambassadors within the community, an extra set of eyes and ears to assist the Sheriff’s Department. Citizens on Patrol volunteers conduct non-confrontational patrols throughout the community, deterring crime and reporting potential problems and suspicious activities to the Sheriff’s Department. They are not empowered to stop vehicles, issue citations or carry weapons.
Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and possess a valid driver’s license, good moral character and no criminal record. All applicants are screened by the Sheriff’s Department and must pass a background check. Interested citizens will undergo a training program from a local law enforcement agency.
Residents interested in volunteering with Citizens on Patrol in Desert Edge or any other county area should contact Sergeant Danny Devinny at 760-836-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community council will also discuss the new SunLine Transit Agency bus route in Desert Edge. The service started Sunday.