Senior citizens interested in volunteering with the Long Beach Police Department may now submit applications for the department’s Senior Police Partner Program, with interviews scheduled to start July 25, officials stated.

“Senior Police Partners are a motivated volunteer team dedicated to improving our community,” officials stated in a release.

Senior volunteers go through a training academy before becoming SPPs, which, although not as long as physical as police academy training, teaches them about available resources, as well as police culture such as radio codes.

A handful of senior volunteers were recognized for their service during the program’s 20th anniversary celebration in August.

Since the program’s inception, SPPs have served an average of 5,000 volunteer hours each year, totaling more than 100,000 hours over the past 20 years.

SPPs provide the following services:

  • Crime victim assistance and peer support / resource referral
  • Vacation checks
  • Graffiti reporting
  • Limited safety patrols
  • Handicap parking citation issuance
  • Community presentations
  • Education and awareness programs
  • Assist at DUI checkpoints

Requirements to apply:

  • Be at least 50 years age
  • Good moral character
  • No felony convictions
  • Good physical health
  • Ability to volunteer at least 20 hours per month
  • Possess valid California driver’s license and vehicle insurance

For more information or to request an application, please call 562.570.7212 or [email protected].

Above, left: Photo courtesy of LBPD.

Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.