Serving your community as a volunteer is one of the most valuable and rewarding services one can achieve. I, Nisan Kazman, am privileged to volunteer at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station for the past 10 years.
My decision to give back to my community began in 2012 with an application submitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. (LASD) volunteer coordinator at the Crescenta Valley Station. After completing my recruitment process, I was invited to the monthly volunteer meetings where I was introduced to my peers to discuss ongoing projects and issues pertinent to our community.
My volunteer coordinator then scheduled me to attend the approximately month-long VOP (Volunteers on Patrol) Academy to receive official training on patrolling guidelines, radio communications, proper attire and a variety of other policies and procedures, in addition to attending the civilian EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification), which enables a volunteer to drive a county vehicle.
Upon completion of these requirements, I was paired with a veteran volunteer to go on patrol in a marked volunteer vehicle, dressed in uniform and armed with a radio to assist the field deputies as an additional set of eyes and ears in the community, write non-moving citations, conduct traffic control or any other field-requested duties directed by deputies or other sheriff staff, and conduct vacation checks for residents.
Volunteers perform a variety of non-hazardous duties that may vary with each unit or station. By performing duties that once necessitated the use of sworn and professional staff, volunteers have enabled more deputies to perform vital law enforcement functions. Volunteers also represent the LASD at city/county events or functions as ambassadors of the station. Their assistance is much appreciated.
On occasion I also go on a ride-along with deputies to experience firsthand the valuable service they provide in the field. During my time I have met wonderful, helpful people at the station, and built wonderful relationships with my peers, sworn and non-sworn personnel from our captain to clerk. Not to mention the valuable knowledge I gained throughout my service. Our mission provides an excellent benefit through relationships that build trust, create a safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our communities within a “Tradition of Service.”
Make a difference and join our volunteer team, and become part of our community and family.
I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Volunteer Nisan Kazman
For specific information on the CV Station volunteer program contact Sergeant Gregory Taylor at (818) 248-3464.
To access a volunteer application, visit https://tinyurl.com/2p9vw3sm and download the application.