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Volunteers, Explorers and Reserves

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Reserve Officer Program

The Belmont Police Reserve YanacekDepartment Reserve Officer Program was established in the 1960s.  Reserve officers are members of the community who volunteer their time to the department to supplement and assist regular employees to provide law enforcement services to the city.  The Belmont Police Department Reserve Unit is comprised of volunteers who have met the California Peace Officers Standards and Training requirements and have been certified to serve as peace officers while on duty.  Reserve officers are supervised by field training officers and field supervisors while on duty.  Reserve officers must meet many of the same background requirements of full time police officers and, depending on their assignment, they must meet many of the same training standards as well.  Additional information on reserve officer requirements can be found at the California Peace Officers Standards and Training reserve officer program website.

Reserve officers provide assistance to the department in a number of capacities, including uniform patrol and investigations bureau.  If you are interested in becoming a reserve officer with the Belmont Police Department, contact the Reserve Officer coordinator, Sgt. Robyn  Pitts at

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Police Explorer Program



Police Explorers are volunteers between 14 and 21 years old, who are interested in learning, training, and participating in a wide variety of law enforcement functions and activities.  The Explorer Program is administered by the Belmont Police Department in cooperation with the Law Enforcement Exploring division of “Learning for Life” and with the support of the San Mateo County Police Chief's and Sheriff Association.  Explorers serve the Belmont Police Department and the community in uniform and under the supervision of a police officer, who has been designated as the program coordinator and Explorer advisor.

Explorer’s duties inExplorers in carclude assisting with basic police department activities such as clerical work, traffic and parking control, as well as special functions and community events.  Explorers are also able to ride along with officers on patrol and assist them with some of their duties.  The focus of the Explorer Program is to allow young people to interact with the members of the Police Department as well as the community as they explore a possible career in Law Enforcement.

The Police Explorer Program provides an opportunity for high school and college-aged males and females to experience first-hand how a municipal police department functions in the community. Explorers must attend monthly meetings and successfully graduate from the Peninsula Law Enforcement Explorers Academy within one year of joining the program.


  • To teach integrity, leadership, responsibility and good citizenship to young men and women.
  • To foster better relations between the youth of Belmont and the Belmont Police Department while providing a positive outlet for their energies.
  • To assist the Belmont Police Department in providing services to the community.


The Peninsula Law Enforcement Explorer Academy is a significant step in the training process.  The academy is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association, the Police Chiefs’ Association of San Mateo County, and The College of San Mateo.  There are generally two academy classes held each year.  The academy spans eight consecutive Sundays.  The course consists of approximately 100 hours of training and covers numerous topics in law enforcement. All academy instructors and staff are dedicated law enforcement professionals who volunteer their time and expertise. 


Explorers at counterApplicants must be 14 to 21 years of age at the time of appointment and must have graduated 8th grade.  Applicants must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or “C” average.  Applicants who are 17 years old or younger require signed consent from their parent or guardian.  If the applicant is a graduate from high school or college, the candidate must be employed on a part-time or full-time basis. The applicant must be able to carry out oral and written directions and have a flexible schedule to include weekdays and weekends.  There are also physical, background, and fingerprint requirements.

Applicants who reside, attend school, or work in the City of Belmont will be given first preference; all others will be considered depending upon the number of available positions.


To become a member of the Post, an application must be filed with the Belmont Police Department.  Applicants under the age of 18 must have the application signed by their parent/legal guardian and may only participate with their consent.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an oral interview.  Applicants who successfully complete the oral interview will then have a background investigation conducted by the Belmont Police Department.  Applicants who pass the background investigation will be offered a position with the Post.

Members of the Post are required to successfully complete the Explorer Academy within one year of joining the Post. 

If you are interested in the Explorer program or you would like further information about the program, please contact Officer Robert McGriff at 650-595-7400 or


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Police Volunteer Program

The police volunteer program allows members of the Belmont community to assist the Belmont Police Department in a Volunteer Perraultnumber of ways.  Started in 2002, the volunteer program strives to utilize the diverse backgrounds and experiences of residents to assist the department in carrying out a variety of activities.  In its first full year, 2003, volunteers donated over 3,000 hours to the department.  Since that time, volunteers have provided invaluable support to the patrol, investigations and support services units.  Volunteers can function in nearly any area of the department where their skills can complement the goals of the department. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer program or you would like further information about the program, please contact Officer Robert McGriff at 650-595-7400 or