Orientation for Paso Robles police volunteer patrol is set for next week

The public is invited to learn more about the Paso Robles Police Department Community Volunteer Patrol Program next week.

The volunteer program runs as a membership-based group guided by a board of directors.

Volunteers typically patrol the city for anything out of the ordinary — such as reckless drivers, an open business door after-hours or a suspicious person — and report those sightings to police dispatchers by radio, according to the group’s website, www.prcvpp.org.

Controlling traffic and crowds at special events and accident sites and assisting with search-and-rescue operations are also among the group’s responsibilities.

Those interested should be at least 21 years old and in good physical condition. Volunteers must be willing to commit eight hours a month to the role and attend the monthly meetings, organizers said.

The orientation is planned for 6 p.m. Sept. 4. at the city’s Emergency Operations Center, 900 Park St.

Attendees will hear an overview of the program and receive a general overview of the Police Department.

For more information, call group president Lynn Rogers at 400-7795 or treasurer David Padolsky at 423-5772.