May 10, 2024 / News

SDPD’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Last year, volunteers dedicated 80,000 hours to serving the San Diego Police Department but at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, leaders from SDPD serve them lunch to show their thanks. With the help of our friends at SDG&E, San Diego PANPAC, and Bio-One Poway, volunteers relaxed from their busy schedules and enjoyed a hearty meal.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon engenders engagement, provides key information, and recognizes excellence. SDPD offers six volunteer programs which include the Cadet Program, Crisis Intervention, the Reserves, STAR/PAL, Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), and Volunteers in Policing (VIP).

These 300 volunteers play a vital role in the safety and well-being of our community. They dedicate their time in many ways – giving comfort and care to crime victims, performing safety checks for ailing and aged San Diegans, patrolling high-traffic tourist attractions such as Balboa Park, filing reports for officers, directing traffic, and many other tasks. Last year, their 80,000 volunteer hours allowed officers to focus greater attention on making San Diego a safer place. These programs also provide meaningful engagement for these San Diegans.

Interested in becoming a volunteer for SDPD? Contact Volunteer Services at (619) 446-1017 or apply online. Check out these inspiring volunteer stories from CRISIS Interventionists and RSVP Volunteers!