Piedmont Police: Volunteer Programs

Neighborhood Watch & Crime Prevention

The Neighborhood Watch program is one of the most effective means available for keeping crime out of our neighborhoods. It relies on the best crime fighting tool ever invented – a good neighbor. There can’t be a police officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your neighborhood. By cooperating with each other and the Piedmont Police Department, you can help to fight crime before it begins!

Please contact Captain Scott Wyatt when you are ready to start or join a Neighborhood Watch group. The Piedmont Police Department will put you in contact with the Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood. Or, if there is not currently an active group in your neighborhood, we will help you to organize one. The first step is to schedule a Neighborhood Watch meeting. Ask us how we can help you to become the “eyes and ears” of safety in your neighborhood, by sending email to Captain Wyatt or by calling him at (510) 420-3012.

Police Explorer Program

The Piedmont Police Explorer Program is an opportunity for young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 years to become exposed to a career in law enforcement. The program is part of "Learning For Life", a school career based education program that is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.

The Police Explorer Program is designed to give teens an opportunity to learn about law enforcement through a "hands on" approach. Explorers receive training in various aspects of criminal law, police procedures, laws of arrest, crime scene investigation. They also participate as ride-a-long observers with officers on patrol and serve their community by working at community events and assisting with other services provided by the police department when needed. Explorers wear uniforms and hold positions of rank within their organized structure.

The requirements to apply are:

If you want to become a Police Explorer and feel you meet the minimum qualifications, please contact any one of our Police Explorer Advisors to discuss your interest or you can send a general interest email to ccarr@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

Sergeant Catherine Carr - (510) 420-3000

Officer Thomas Kincaid - (510) 420-3000
Officer Kristina Foster - (510) 420-3000
Officer Willie Wright - (510) 420-3000

Reserve Police Officers

The Piedmont Police Reserves are volunteers who are recognized as an integral part of the Piedmont Police Department. Reserve Officers have the same mission, goals and objectives in providing professional police services to the community and are required to have the same training as paid, full-time police officers. Reserve officers assigned to patrol duties must complete a field training program with an experienced police officer before they work alone. In addition to patrol duties, Reserves perform crowd and traffic control, crime and accident scene investigations, Fourth of July parade duty, Halloween patrol, and other duties as required. Interested candidates should contact the reserve coordinator, Sergeant Catherine Carr, at (510) 420-3000.

Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)

Participants in the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) program are adult men and women who are residents or business persons of Piedmont. They assist the sworn officers by performing duties such as vacation home checks, alarm enforcement, park patrol, interpreting, etc. These volunteers are key members of the department and contribute to the safety of the Piedmont community.

If you are over 21 years of age and would like to volunteer, contact Captain Scott Wyatt at (510) 420-3012 or by email at swyatt@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

Vacation Home Check & Vacant Home Notification

Vacation Home Check is a service offered to residents who are away from their homes for a period of 4 to 30 days. If requested, Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) may periodically check the security of your house. If a problem is discovered, volunteers are within a radio call of a police officer who will respond and handle the situation.

Vacant Home Notification provides valuable contact information to police personnel to be used in the event of a crime or other incident occurring at the vacant home. This service is available to Piedmont residents who do not require a physical Vacation Home Check or whose property will be vacant for longer than 30 days. No one will physically check the vacant home, unless a specific crime or event is reported.

To take advantage of this service, call (510) 420-3000, or come to the police department and fill out a form. The Vacation Home Check & Vacant Home Notification Form is also available on this website. On the form provide basic information such as who is allowed on the property while you are away, a list of pets left on the property, and the name of any caretaker(s). With the service of Vacation Home Check, you can feel secure while you are away.

By taking advantage of these services, you can be away from Piedmont with peace of mind.