Rules & Regulations

VIP Rules & Regulations
Listed here are the Rules and Regulations pertaining to the V.I.P. personnel. All volunteers should understand that these are listed as a guide to their activities while on-duty, yet, they are not all inclusive. All volunteers should use sound judgment when functioning in an on-duty capacity, and should ask questions when unsure what course of action to take.
  1. All volunteers will work a minimum of 4 hours per week. These hours will be assigned by the V.I.P. Coordinator. All volunteers will attend V.I.P. meetings. The V.I.P. meeting will count as an additional 2 hours of volunteer service, but shall not be counted as part of the minimum work hours on the time sheets.
  2. Unless sudden illness occurs, volunteers will give 24 hours notice if unable to report for assigned duty periods.
  3. Continued failure to appear for assigned duties will be cause for review of membership and possible dismissal.
  4. If you are no longer physically able to complete the duties of a V.I.P. member, it will be the option of the organization to dismiss you from the organization.
  5. No form of weapon is to be carried and no enforcement action, under any circumstances, will be taken by a volunteer. Any suspicious activity observed shall be immediately reported.
  6. Members must be neat in appearance and professional with the public and department personnel. Male hair cuts will be neatly cut, not excessive length, and trimmed in back. Female hair cuts must be neat and combed. Females shall not wear excessive make-up or garish jewelry. Nose jewelry is unacceptable and earrings are unacceptable for males.
  7. No member of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department V.I.P. unit shall report for duty while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The odor of alcohol shall be considered presumptive evidence.
  8. The use of prescription medications which may cause drowsiness or hamper abilities will not be used while on patrol.
  9. Volunteer patrol units will not enter an open residence during a vacation check or enter any hazardous situation at any time. Always call for officer assistance and back away from the scene. No V.I.P. unit will respond to any call for assistance by a patrol unit, nor will they become involved in handling any call other than their assigned duties except with approval of the Watch Commander.
  10. Any and all information pertaining to police records, or other clearance level material is to be kept strictly confidential. Anyone in violation of this provision may be terminated and prosecuted.
  11. All members are subject to discipline for violation of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department's Rules and Regulations.
If you would like to get more information on the Volunteers in Policing Program, please contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator.