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March 1, 2011 > Fremont Police recruit C.A.R.E. volunteers

Fremont Police recruit C.A.R.E. volunteers

By Meenu Gupta

The Fremont Police Department has recruited 24 new volunteers into its C.A.R.E. Program. C.A.R.E. is an acronym (Connect, Assist, Respond, and Engage) 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. 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.

On Wednesday, February 23, Police Chief Craig Steckler and Division Commanders Captain Richard Lucero and Captain Frank Grgurina welcomed the new recruits. The night focused on the organizational structure of the department, including a building tour and overview of the 60 hours of required training.

Volunteers participate in a meaningful community safety and service programs. "Over the next nine weeks the volunteers will be trained in First Aid/CPR; how to report suspicious activity; traffic safety; radio and communications; handicapped parking; vacation home security checks; animal services; code enforcement; drivers training; crime prevention; cultural diversity and a number of other topics focused on preparing them for their new role," said Geneva Bosques, Management Analyst, Fremont PD. "After graduation at the end of April, they will each be asked to donate 16 hours of service each a month," said Bosques.

The program began in 2007 as a highly visible support function of the Patrol Division. "With a future goal of having approximately 100 volunteers, we anticipate a large recruitment again in about 18 months," said Bosques. "We'd like to thank each of our new volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the Fremont Police Department."

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