The Palos Verdes Estates Police began a course to train volunteers for the VIPS (Volunteers In Police Support) and Parkland Rangers on January 23, 2016. The course was held for three consecutive Saturdays, and the volunteers begin their work in March. There was a second and third class during a similar time period in 2017 and 2018. There are now 15 VIPS and Parkland Rangers with the PVE Police. Three are Parkland Rangers, Six are VIPS and Six are both Parkland Ranges and VIPS. For more information about the program, please contact the Training Coordinator, Marcelle McCullough.
As proposed to the PVE City Council on December 9, 2014, the Park Rangers help patrol the Parklands during the days. They help any hikers or bikers that may need information or assistance, report any suspicious activities and also report any fallen trees or issues on the Parklands. The other program, VIPS (Volunteers In Police Support), ride in a volunteer vehicle and perform vacation checks, i.e. an inspection of homes when the residents are on vacation. They also provide school crossing details and assist in other police functions. They also report any suspicious activities. The volunteers from both groups are trained by the PVE Police.
The initial cost for both programs was $31,900 for the first fiscal year and $3,500 for the following year. Most of the expense, would be for a used police vehicle, which has been procured.
This program was recommended by the out going Police Chief in concept, but was developed under his replacement, Chief Kepley, who began serving June 1, 2014, who has since retired in 2017, and by Captain Best.