The Citizen Volunteer Assistants ("CVAP") Program provides is for those over the age of 50, interested in helping the Oro Valley Police Department in both emergency and non-emergency situations. And although they are not trained in enforcing traffic laws, they are extra eyes and ears around our town ensuring safe neighborhoods and businesses.
Other duties of the CVAP include:
- Providing officers with assistance at accidents, incidents and events.
- Routinely helping citizens needing directions or assisting after their vehicle breaks down.
- Utilize a patrol car equipped with a License Plate Reader that detects stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, warrants and missing people.
- The Volunteers also have members on a call out team that are contacted when patrol officers need their assistance at a scene. They have been called out for incidents including gas leaks, neighborhood evacuations as well as fatal traffic accidents.
- Assist at public events such as Dispose-A-Med, Shred-A-Thon and National Night Out.
- Provide perimeter home inspection for citizens who vacate homes throughout the year, known as the Darkhouse program.
It's obvious that these volunteers contribute greatly to our community and we are fortunate to have a program like CVAP.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer, more information can be found on the town's website or by calling Sgt. Amy Graham ((520) 229-5081) of the Oro Valley Police Department.
Heather Nenadovich has lived in Oro Valley for 6 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She loves gardening, nature, art, and travel. Currently her two young children fill up most of her days (and nights) with chaotic bliss. Oro Valley favorites: memorial bench at the entrance of Romero Canyon Trail in Catalina State Park, Toscana Studio and Gallery, OV Fall Festival, the gumption and determination of OV residents!