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The Police Department has the following special services:
The Exeter Police Department Chaplaincy Program is designed to complement and support the law enforcement and community relations activities of the Police Department by providing counsel and support to law enforcement officers and their families, as well as to members of the general public, including but not limited to those who are victims of, or otherwise impacted by, accidents or criminal activity.
Our Chaplain Corps consist of volunteers who are ordained, or otherwise approved, as members of a recognized religious clergy and who exhibit strong moral and religious convictions, and who genuinely care about people and their needs.
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Each day law enforcement officers may be faced with potentially dangerous situations. Many times, they need to express their frustrations and concerns to someone who has the training, experience and sensitivity to understand their circumstances, yet remain detached enough to provide effective advice and counsel. The families of law enforcement offices may also experience such a need, as may those who are otherwise affected by law enforcement.
Our Chaplains are in a unique position to provide a valuable service to the Police Department, to the families of law enforcement officers and to the community. For example, the Police Chaplains can be peacemakers in certain volatile situations; they can be effective links in the "communication gap" between law enforcement officers and the community; they are equipped to relate sad news with empathy, dignity and sympathy; they often develop natural rapport with youth; and they can sometimes intercede between citizens and the Department.
What Do Law Enforcement Chaplains Do?
There are many ways in which the Chaplain can assist officers in their duties. They include but are not limited to:
- Counsel law enforcement officers
- Counsel other members of a department
- Counsel the families of law enforcement officers and other department personnel
- Visit sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospitals
- Make death notifications
- Provide assistance to victims
- Teach officers in areas such as Stress Management, Ethics, Family Life, and Pre-retirement classes and courses
- Serve as part of a department's Crisis Response Team
- Assist at suicide incidents
- Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community
- Provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners
- Furnish expert responses to religious questions
- Offer prayers at special occasions such as departmental events, ceremonies, and other community events.
- Serve on review boards, award boards, and other committees
The Exeter Police Department Chaplains also provide valuable services to the general public and community at large. In addition to providing a comforting presence, Chaplains may also help victims deal with stressful situations; provide information and resources; arrange for emergency food, clothing, transportation, shelter; or other services, and refer victims to a broad network of public and private agencies.
Our Chaplains also serve as first responders and provide immediate on-scene support to citizens who have been traumatized by a homicide, suicide, traffic collision, child death, or other tragedy.
The services of Exeter Police Department Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on the basis of need and desire. Exeter Police Chaplains are not intended, nor do they wish to replace an individual's clergyman. They supplement services of the individual's clergyman and are available to provide services when the individual's clergyman may not be available. Also, a Chaplain can be especially helpful when there is a person in need in the community who does not have a local Pastor and Church affiliation.
You may see them driving police cars, walking a beat or riding on bicycle patrol. They are dressed in a full police uniform, equipped with all the usual safety equipment. At first glance you may think it's just a regular police officer working his regular shift. But looks can be deceiving. It may be an Exeter Police Department Reserve Police Officer, and there is nothing regular about that.
Reserve Police Officers are a unique breed of people. They generally are not content to play a passive role in life. They are civic minded and service oriented people who "get involved" to better their community. They are dedicated and motivated individuals who give of their time and energy to help make the City of Exeter a better place to live.
Exeter Police Department Reserve Unit
The Reserve Police Officer position is an unrepresented volunteer classification. Reserve Police Officers receive specialized law enforcement training mandated by the State of California. They serve at the discretion of the Chief of Police and have full peace officer powers while on duty. Currently the Exeter Police Department has 10 Reserve Police Officers.
The function of the Reserve Unit has always been to support and augment the Department in providing basic police services to the community. Historically, this has been accomplished by the Reserve Police Officer working patrol, riding as a second person in a two-officer police car. However, new trends in Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving have resulted in Reserve Officers working a wide variety of special assignments in addition to their patrol duties.
Today it is not uncommon to find Reserve Police Officers riding police bicycles or working a walking patrol at any number of police operations and community events. You can find them assigned to details such as DUI check points, patrolling city parks, providing a police presence at various community outreach programs and non-profit events, working special gang or graffiti enforcement.
The Exeter Police Department is fortunate to have a Reserve Unit staffed by highly committed and dedicated individuals who take great pride in their work. Since 2003, Reserve Police Officers have donated more than 40,000 hours of volunteer service, saving the City of Exeter an estimated $600,000.
Why Become a Reserve Police Officer
Becoming a Reserve Police Officer is a challenging and rewarding way of servicing your community while becoming a part of the exciting world of law enforcement.
Many of our Reserve Police Officers enter the program with an interest in a career in law enforcement. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to gain first hand knowledge and experience in this field before deciding to dedicate themselves to the profession. Our Reserve Police Officers have taken full advantage of this career development opportunity, as a large majority of our Reserve Police Officers become promoted to full-time Police Officers.
The City of Exeter is looking for individuals who have a desire to provide valuable assistance to the Exeter Police Department and community through service as a Reserve Police Officer. Explore this exciting opportunity to see what a law enforcement career is really like Feel the pride and satisfaction generated by being part of a team of volunteers who take an active role in establishing the City of Exeter as a safe and productive community where their families and loved ones can grow and prosper.
Whether you are seeking a career in law enforcement, or simply want to take your interest in your community to the next level, do something positive for yourself and your community...
Become an Exeter Reserve Police Officer Requirements and Examination Process
In order to assist you in determining your suitability for this position, the following information regarding requirements of membership and examination process is being provided.
- Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
- Be a citizen of the United States or have applied for citizenship prior to application.
- Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. Possess a valid drivers license.
- Possess a certificate of completion of courses required under California Penal Code Section 832. The minimum training requirements are Reserve Academy Level III and Level II.
- Be of good moral character as determined by a criminal record check and background investigation.
- Have no felony convictions. Felony arrest(s) with no conviction(s) may be cause for rejection.
- Have no recent or extensive misdemeanor record, including traffic citations. A misdemeanor record of assaultive behavior, regardless of the time of occurrence, may be cause for rejection.
- Take a psychological examination and be found suitable for police work. Be in good physical condition as certified by a medical examination.
Entry Oral Interview, Background Investigation, Psychological examination, Medical examination, and Chiefs oral interview.
Applications may be obtained at the Personnel Department located at Exeter City Hall. If you have further questions, feel free to contact the Reserve Unit Coordinator Sgt. Jeff Detwiler at 559.592.3103.
The Elementary School Safety Program (ESSP) was begun in April of 2006. It differed from the D.A.R.E. Program previously taught in that it targeted 3rd graders instead of 7th graders.
A curriculum was developed which encompassed many aspects of safety in addition to life skills. It was hoped that by starting at an earlier age, students would be more accepting of the information that would be delivered. In addition to drug information, the students were taught about stranger danger, medication safety, internet safety, peer pressure, self-esteem, firearm safety, wheel safety and bullying.
The students participated in a bicycle rodeo and essay contests. Awards of bicycles and bicycle helmets were given to the winners of the rodeo and essay contest. Tulare Wal-Mart donated the bicycles and helmets.
The program was presented weekly for ten weeks to 242 Rocky Hill students. The program was well received by students, faculty and administrators alike.
Local television, radio and newspapers covered the graduation ceremony.
In 2007 the program will be presented to 3rd and 5th graders. Additionally, several assembly programs will be presented to Lincoln School.
For more information on the Citizen Volunteer Program, click here to visit their web site.
Exeter Police Explorer Post #800
It is intent of the Exeter Police Department Explorer Program to educate and involve youth in police operations, to interest them possible law enforcement careers, to instill discipline and respect, and to become involved with the community through community service.
Those explorers who remain dedicated to the program will become better citizens, regardless of whether or not they enter the law enforcement profession.Explorers are able to ride patrol with officers on a regular basis if they choose to do so which enables them to gain enough personal experience to make an informed decision as to whether they really want to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Throughout the year, Explorers will have the opportunity to participate in competitions with other Explorer Posts. In addition, Exeter Police Explorers provide a service to the community by helping out at major events throughout the year.
- Annual Fall Fest
- Annual Fourth of July fireworks
- Tuesday night farmers market
- Thursday night Christmas parade
Who can be a Police Explorer?
If you are interested in becoming a Police Explorer, you must be 14 to 20 years old. If you are under the age of 18 you need parental consent to participate in the Explorer Program. You should have a general interest and appreciation for law enforcement. You must have and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better, be of good moral character, abstain from using alcohol and drugs and must not have a felony conviction.
Project life saver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, Dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project life saver provides equipment, training and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation.
Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits and individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for project lifesaver clients average 30 minutes-95% less time than standard operations.