Citizen volunteers work with Newark PD to patrol streets

September 27, 2012 5:51:07 PM PDT
In Newark, police are working with a group of citizen volunteers who patrol the streets. Members of the group called R.A.V.E.N., or Ready Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark, will ride in marked patrol vehicles.

They'll report suspicious activity to professional officers. And also check the homes of people who are away on vacation. But they don't chase or capture suspected criminals.

"Those volunteers do a super job in helping us and our mission to serve and solve problems and give a quality product here in Newark. So it bolsters our numbers," said Newark Police Cmdr. Tom Milner.

R.A.V.E.N. volunteers must complete a special class and pass a background check before they can go on patrol.