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Police and Community Together

Police And Community Together

Executive Director: John Abbott Law Enforcement Director: Sergeant Justin Dampier
100 W. California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA. 93555

Message from the Directors:

Thank you for taking the time to check into the P.A.C.T. Home Page. We are a volunteer organization that provides crime prevention support to the City of Ridgecrest. P.A.C.T. is a vehicle that allows the police, and the citizens they serve, to come together in a cooperative spirit helping each other achieve a crime free community. Citizen volunteer members are comprised of volunteers having an interest in helping their law enforcement agency. Even though I have only been in the community for a short time, I find the people of Ridgecrest warm, caring, and striving for a safe area in which to live, work, and play. The Ridgecrest Police Department is here to serve you. All the resources of the department are at the disposal of every community member.

P.A.C.T. Application

PACT is comprised of adult citizens who are familiar with the local areas. These trained volunteers enhance vital crime prevention services and community awareness. Citizen volunteers may perform the vacation house checks, conduct business and residential security surveys, provide traffic control for special events, provide support for the local semi-annual fairs, and assist in several other programs. Volunteers conduct other assigned duties per the Chief of Police.

Citizen volunteer members do not take any enforcement action, carry any weapons or make custodial arrests. Any suspicious activity observed is immediately reported to the Police Department.

PACT is a crime prevention program exercising proactive law enforcement principles. The PACT program is expressly comprised of volunteers having an interest in helping their law enforcement agency.

Board of Directors

Mission Statement:

To provide the Community with responsive, proactive public safety services.

Administrative SupportCaptain: Larry Thompson

PACT’S Administrative Support Program is an exciting and vital aspect that the volunteers perform for the Ridgecrest Police Department. We provide support to the Investigations Unit by performing many different administrative tasks. We assist in Records, Traffic Office and even in Dispatch. There are many, many duties that volunteers, once trained, can perform for the police department.

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Animal Welfare
Captain: Larry Trowsdale

Provides personnel to assist at the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter, working with the animals, cleaning and performing various administrative duties.

For an application to get involved click here.

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Child I.D.
Captain: Barbara Pudgorski

Volunteers fingerprint and take I.D. photos of children, providing this vital information on a PVC card, to their parents. This I.D. will be helpful to police if a child becomes lost or missing. Child I.D. volunteers participate in numerous family and children's events in the community. Parents are encouraged to keep the information in a safe place so that it would be easily accessible and helpful to the police in locating a lost or missing child. This program actively participates in numerous family and children's events in the community in order to facilitate the identification process for as many children in the Indian Wells Valley as possible. Call PACT to find out when the next Child I. D. event is scheduled at 760-499-5107

Under the umbrella of Child ID, we have started doing ID cards for seniors and special needs adults.

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Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Captain: Robert Obergfell

Works with the Police Department in the event of a disaster, manning phones at the EOC, and providing assistance with communications and in other areas as needed or assigned

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Graffiti Taskforce
Captain: Lou Arnold

The goal of this program is to have any graffiti in the city limits removed within 24 hours of being reported. Sites are either sandblasted or painted with a color matched to the surface.

Want to report graffiti? Click Here
For application to volunteer click here.

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Neighborhood Watch
Coordinator: Andy Pudgorski

By joining or organizing a Neighborhood Watch, you are taking an important step in keeping your community a safe and attractive place to live.

Neighborhood Watch can make your neighborhood, apartment building or your community a much safer, friendlier and nicer place to live. That’s what it has already done for thousands of neighborhoods all over the country.

Neighborhood Watch is built upon corporation between the police and the community they serve. As a Neighborhood Watch member, your eyes and ears will join with those of your neighbors’ in transforming your neighborhood into a powerful, hard to penetrate protective wall that keeps the “bad guys” out. Neighborhood Watch members report any activity they find suspicious. The police investigate.

If you are interested in establishing a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood, or joining an established Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood, please contact the Ridgecrest Police Department, PACT Coordinator, Andy Pudgorski, at (760) 499-5107. We at the Ridgecrest Police Department want you to know how important this program is to your well being and the well being of your community.


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Nuisance Abatement
Captain: Diane Pudgorski

Provides assistance to the Nuisance Abatement Officer in reducing blight in the community through enforcement of city ordinances. Responsible for abandoned shopping carts left in the city

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Captain: Paul Hape; Bill Maddux

Provides proactive law enforcement by members of the patrol unit, using marked police cars. Provides vacation house checks, business checks, transports evidence to Bakersfield, transports children to Jamison Center, assists with accident and crime scene containment, as well as other responsibilities involved in patrol.

The Patrol Captain is also responsible for Neighborhood Watch, a program that provides information and personnel to assist citizens in organizing their own neighborhoods into working Neighborhood Watch Groups.

For a vacation house check form click here but remember, it is for a maximum of 30 days.

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Captain: Greg Turnbaugh

This is a special assignment unit used primarily for graffiti and tagging investigations, and narcotics abatement

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