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Volunteers Sought for Community Policing Program

Volunteers must be at least 18-year-old an pass a background check.

From the City of Newark

The Newark Police Department is pleased to announce the formation of the R.A.V.E.N. (Ready & Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark) program.

Police Chief James Leal initiated this program as part of the department's commitment to the community and in response to our citizens' willingness to assist the police department as extra "eyes and ears" to help prevent and solve crime.

The goal of R.A.V.E.N. is to creat a strong, reliable group of volunteers who can augment and assist the police department in a variety of tasks designed to free up valuable time of sworn officers and non-sworn police staff, which will allow them to peform higher priority tasks.

In addition, the program provides services to the community otherwise not currently offered due to resource limitations.

R.A.V.E.N. volunteers will be given the opportunity to utilize their unique skills and experiences.

Some of the duties participants could perform include vacation home checks, extra patrols requested by a member of the community or determined by current crime trends, safety presentations and staffing of community event booths, administrative tasks, and traffic control.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Live or work in the City of Newark
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willingness to submit to and ability to pass a background check
  • Commitment to volunteer at least 10 hours per month

If you are interested in learning more about R.A.V.E.N., please contact: Tim Jones, special assistant of the Newark Police Department's Community Engagement Division at tim.jones@newark.org or call 510-578-4209.

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