The Stockton Police Department Sentinel Program is a volunteer program at the Police Department for adults who desire to work in law enforcement for a variety of reasons. Some volunteers are interested in a law enforcement career, some have a career but have always liked the idea of working in law enforcement, some are looking to fill some free time and others feel strongly about improving their community by helping their local Police Department.
When a citizen, age 18 or above, who has a high school diploma or equivalent decides they would like to volunteer at least 16 hours a month and join the Sentinel Program, they must first fill out the online application. Although the application is online, it is purposely not a form to be filled out online. The applicant must print out the form and fill it out by hand. This is the first test to become a Sentinel, proper English grammar and writing skills. After passing the first test, the applicant must go through an oral interview and a thorough background check.
When the applicant has passed all of the above, they still cannot wear the badge of a Sentinel. The applicant will have to enter into the Sentinel Academy. During the Academy, the applicant will learn a base knowledge of law enforcement, report writing, personal safety and verbal judo which is part of the base knowledge of a Sentinel. Upon graduation, the applicant will proudly wear the uniform and badge of a Stockton Police Sentinel.
After graduation, all Sentinels will start out in the Patrol Division. This is the backbone of policing, and it is where every new police officer starts as well. Sentinels will get to ride along with a training officer and learn radio use, computer use, what type of reports they can write, crime scene preservation and the non-confrontational patrolling style that Sentinels on patrol are responsible for. Once a Sentinel has reached a level of competence, they will be allowed to patrol with a partner Sentinel.
All Sentinels will have the chance to work special events, such as the Asparagus Festival, or help on major cases, such as locate missing persons or conducting traffic control on the outer perimeters.
If you are ready to improve your community and help others by volunteering and becoming part of a proud tradition, print out the Sentinel application now.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 3/28/2013