Learn about the various programs you can volunteer or participate with in Police and Community Together (P.A.C.T.).
- Administrative Support
- Animal Welfare
- Child Identification (ID)
- Cyber Unit
- Graffiti Taskforce
- Emergency Operations Center
- Neighborhood Watch
- Nuisance Abatement
P.A.C.T'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.
The Captain of Administrative Support is Dean Laird.
Provides personnel to assist at the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter, working with the animals, cleaning and performing various administrative duties. Find an application to get involved (PDF).
The Captain of Animal Welfare is Larry Trowsdale.
Volunteers fingerprint and take Identification (ID) photos of children, providing this vital information on a PVC card, to their parents. This ID will be helpful to police if a child becomes lost or missing. Child ID 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.
Child ID Event
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 P.A.C.T. to find out when the next Child ID 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.
The Captain for Child Identification is Diane Pudgorski. The Co-Captain is Melba Hess.
Members of this unit are tasked with oversight and maintenance of the P.A.C.T. social media portals, including the P.A.C.T. website, Facebook page, smart phone app and other technology presences within our community. We are always looking for ways to leverage technology to further aid in the mission of providing proactive law enforcement and community cooperation.
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. Apply to volunteer with the Graffiti Taskforce (PDF).
If you find graffiti, you can fill out a report form.
The Captain for the Graffiti Taskforce is Lou Arnold.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 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
The Captain of EOC is Robert Obergfell.
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.
Purpose of Neighborhood Watch
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.
Neighborhood Watch, a program that provides information and personnel to assist citizens in organizing their own neighborhoods into working Neighborhood Watch Groups.
Start a Neighborhood Watch
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, P.A.C.T. Coordinator, Barbara 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.
You can make a difference!
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.
The Captain of Nuisance Abatement is Brenda Dawson.
Patrol provides proactive law enforcement by members of the patrol unit, using marked police cars. We provide the following services:
- Assists with accident and crime scene containment, as well as other responsibilities involved in patrol
- Business checks
- Transports children to Jamison Center
- Transports evidence to Bakersfield
- Vacation house checks
Fill out a vacation house check form to have your house monitored, but remember, it is for a maximum of 30 days.
The Captain of Patrol is Paul Hape. The Co-Captain is Mike Montoya.
This is a special assignment unit used primarily for graffiti and tagging investigations, and narcotics abatement.
The Captain is Lee Cox.
The Vehicles program is responsible for maintaining the vehicle logs for mileage and service. The Captain is Diane Pudgorksi.