The Arcadia Police Department's Volunteer Services Section has been in operation since 1992. Volunteers have become an integral part of community support for the police department, as they allow the department to augment its resources without additional costs to the city. Currently, 70 registered volunteers generously donate their time to assist with various support functions throughout the department. Volunteers are used in the following support classifications:
|Amateur Radio Operators
Crime Lab/Property Assistants
|Crime Analysis Aids
VIPS (Volunteers In Patrol Support)
Amateur Radio & Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)
ACS is a volunteer program that uses Amateur Radio ("Ham") operators for crime suppression, surveillance, disaster, and special events communications.
Our Amateur Radio program began in 1990, and has provided communications during the L.A. riots, brush fires, earthquakes, arson watches, and special events. In the event of the activation of the City Emergency Operations Center (EOC), ACS members will staff the Amateur Radio room and be ready to assist with emergency communications. During the holiday season, ACS members provide surveillance of the Santa Anita Fashion Park Mall, reporting suspicious activities.
Those wishing to join the ACS team must be over the age of 18; possess an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Amateur Radio license; driver license and pass a background check.
The City of Arcadia has its own Amateur Radio repeater which serves the area. The repeater frequency is 145.200 (- 0.6) and the CTCSS is 103.5. The repeater call sign is N6AH. Emergency, and City of Arcadia ACS communications take precedence on the repeater, although the repeater is open to family-appropriate, English language use by all Amateurs. Amateurs in the Public Safety and military communities are welcome on the N6AH repeater, and the repeater is open to the City of Arcadia employee Amateurs.
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at (626) 574-5173.
Although the use of chaplains in law enforcement is not a new concept, the Chaplain Program at the Arcadia Police Department is relatively new. It was initiated in 1994. Over the decades, Chaplains have been an integral part of law enforcement.
Today, more than ever before, law enforcement agencies need spiritual guidance, counsel, and assistance for officers and their families. Chaplains are community-oriented, acting as liaisons between the officers and the residents.
Chaplains are a group of clergy who provide spiritual, personal, and practical assistance to police officers, their families, and anyone in the community who calls the Arcadia Police Department for assistance.
The Chaplain Program is involved in, but not limited to, the following:
- Counsel peace officers and their families
- Counsel members of all other city departments and their families
- Visit sick or injured employees
- Respond to major incidents and cases involving serious injury to an employee
- Provide assistance to victims
- Speak to civic and public groups
- Participate in the ride-along program
- Crisis intervention
- Provide input to the department on community issues and problems
All personal counseling sessions between chaplains and employees are privileged communications and are confidential. No information is released to any department member.
Chaplains are Rev. Thomas Shriver, pager (626) 266-2794, Rev. Darwing Ng, (626) 351-2461, and Pastor Rodolfo G. Reyes (818) 429-3575.
For more information on the Chaplain Program, contact the Community & Youth Services Office at (626) 574-5173.
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Published: January 19, 2021