The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) of the San Diego Police Department has reached an important milestone. The patrol celebrated its 20th anniversary this week at a luncheon held at the Seven Oaks Community Center in Rancho Bernardo.
Reportedly, the first class of volunteers had graduated in 1992. Since that time, they said, volunteers in Rancho Bernardo have logged more than 360,000 hours to help support the San Diego Police Department in a myriad of capacities.
RSVP personnel help staff police storefronts, patrol business parking and help search for missing people.
A representative from the SDPD said the Rancho Bernardo RSVP program initially served as a testing point. The department couldn’t be happier with its expansion and success, he said. Since that time the San Diego RSVP has become a model for similar programs throughout the country and the world.
The Rancho Bernardo RSVP program is among the most active in the county. The NC Times said this is because it supports the North Eastern Division, which is fairly large and is home to 20% of San Diego’s total resident population.
Volunteers say it is a great way to give back to the community in their retirement.