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August 3, 2010 > Fremont Police looking for C.A.R.E volunteers

Fremont Police looking for C.A.R.E volunteers

By Meenu Gupta

Fremont Police Department is looking for 15 to 20 new volunteers for its C.A.R.E. program. C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Respond, and Engage) is an acronym for a citizen group trained to connect with the community, assist the police department, respond to requests for neighborhood patrol checks, report suspicious activity and engage with the community by presenting safety information at special events. The program began in 2006 as a highly visible support function of the Patrol Division.

C.A.R.E. helps support the goals and mission of the department by developing and strengthening partnerships and relationships between the department and the community. "Our pledge is to recruit, train, and retain talented volunteers who will be encouraged to participate in meaningful community safety, security, and service programs," said Detective Bill Veteran, Fremont PD. Concerned citizens with a variety of skills and abilities are needed to participate in meaningful community safety and service programs. Duties include conducting security checks in neighborhoods and commercial business centers, vacation home security checks, participation in special events, walking patrols and documenting graffiti violations.

Those interested should be at least 18 years old and currently live or work in Fremont. Graduates of the Fremont Police Department's Citizens' Police Academy and high school graduates (or equivalent) are preferred. Applicants should not have any felony convictions, no misdemeanor convictions within three years, and good moral character determined by a thorough background investigation and fingerprint clearance. Applicants should also possess a valid California Driver's License if driving is required for assignment and will need approval by the Chief of Police.

Prospective volunteers should be in satisfactory medical condition with the ability to commit 16 hours a month to the program. For more information or to request an application please contact Volunteer Administrator CSO Jennie Bauer at (510) 790-6691 or visit www.fremontpolice.org.

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