Sacto 9-1-1
March 17, 2009
Placerville police invite seniors to help with duties

From Cathy Locke:

Seniors interested in assisting the Placerville Police Department are invited to attend an informational meeting Wednesday on a program called SHIELD, or Seniors Helping in Enforcement Like Duties.

Program volunteers perform a variety of services, including traffic control, vacation house checks, auto maintenance and inmate worker supervision. They also participate in vehicle patrol duties in SHIELD patrol cars and patrol walking trails using a police scooter.

SHIELD members play key roles in organizing and planning National Night Out, the city's award-winning annual neighborhood crime prevention event.

Applicants must be age 50 or older and willing to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. Participants also are required to purchase and wear the approved SHIELD uniform while on duty.

A valid California Driver's License is desirable, and applicants must pass a background check. An oral interview and fingerprinting also are required.

In addition, SHIELD members must attend the Placerville Police Department's nine-week Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy, which begins in September.

Wednesday's meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. upstairs at the city Recreation and Parks Department, 549 Main St., Placerville.

For more information or reservations, call Cynthia Estes, a community services officer, at (530) 642-5272, or e-mail her at

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