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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Lopez said he is looking forward to being an extra set of eyes and ears for deputies in the community. “I’m doing this for the satisfaction of giving back to my community and for the experience because I plan to be a deputy,” he said. When on patrol, the volunteers work in pairs. They wear blue uniforms, drive specially marked patrol cars and are trained to observe and report only. They concentrate primarily on reporting to deputies safety hazards, suspicious activities and crimes in progress. “They can radio in if they see graffiti or traffic collisions so we can get out to catch the perpetrators sooner,” said Pico Rivera Station Sgt. Steve Sanchez. The volunteers also attend Neighborhood Watch meetings, assist stranded motorists and provide crowd and traffic control at community events. And they will receive more training in police work soon, in a seven-week academy that starts June5 at the Sheriff’s Training Academy, Sanchez said. Volunteer Yvette Gallegos, who works in accounting, said she is eager to do her part to make the city safer. PICO RIVERA – Javier Lopez grew up in Pico Rivera and wants to someday raise his children in the city. Lopez, 28, is among 62 residents who recently completed a volunteer training program through the Sheriff’s Department. The graduates of the 12-week Regional Community Academy will volunteer at different sheriff’s stations, including the Pico Rivera Station, performing duties ranging from front-counter greeters to clerical work to patrolling streets. “It’s really an extra luxury because without them our day-to-day functions could not be accomplished as efficiently,” said Capt. Michael Rothans of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. “I’m raising four teens here now. I want to make sure they and the city are safe,” said Gallegos, who took the training with her daughter, Melissa, 17. “She wants to be a lawyer working with neglected and abused children, so this is good for her,” said Yvette Gallegos. “Plus, we get to have fun and learn together.” [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext.3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more