Senior Volunteer Patrol Program Trust Fund

DATE: October 10, 2000
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT:Senior Volunteer Patrol Program Trust Fund 

SUMMARY: 
Reference
On November 29, 1994, we recommended that the Board appropriate $200,000 for start-up costs of Senior Volunteer Patrol programs in the unincorporated areas. Another $100,000 was appropriated, bringing the total trust fund allocation up to $300,000.

The current balance of this trust fund is approximately $11,000 and will not cover program costs for the entire fiscal year. This Board letter directs the CAO to identify revenue for the Senior Volunteer Patrol trust fund so that current year costs are funded. In addition, the CAO would annually include an appropriate level of funding for the Senior Volunteer Patrol program in the proposed operational plan.

Recommendations
CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB AND SUPERVISOR PAM SLATER

1. Direct the CAO to identify $50,000 for the Senior Volunteer Patrol trust fund for FY 00/01 and include the funding in the first quarter budget status report.

2. Direct the CAO to include funding in future annual budgets to ensure the continued operation of the Senior Volunteer Patrol program.

Fiscal Impact 
$50,000 will be appropriated in the first quarter budget status report. In addition, a funding allocation of approximately $50,000-$75,000 would annually be included in the proposed operational plan.

BACKGROUND
On November 29, 1994, we recommended that the Board appropriate $200,000 for start-up costs of Senior Volunteer Patrol programs in the unincorporated areas. Another $100,000 was appropriated, bringing the total trust fund allocation up to $300,000.

In addition to the contract cities, there are 21 Senior Volunteer Patrol units in the unincorporated area of San Diego County that are managed by the Sheriff's Department and serve all five Supervisorial Districts. Volunteer units in the unincorporated area are located in Ramona, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Valley Center, Spring Valley, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista, Bonita, Alpine and the rural areas. There are currently 315 senior patrol volunteers assigned to the unincorporated area, donating more than 40,000 hours of service last year which is valued at over $600,000.

Senior Patrol Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Sheriff's department. In addition to preventing criminal activity with their presence, volunteers also provide vacation home checks, carry out the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program, assist with school activities, provide traffic control and perform various law enforcement activities. The Senior Volunteer Patrol program fits into the community oriented policing philosophy and is one of the many components that has lead to a significant decrease in crime in San Diego County.

The County's Senior Volunteer Patrol program will no longer be able to adequately function without an appropriate balance in the trust fund. The current balance of this trust fund will not cover program costs for the entire fiscal year. Contract cities contribute funding for the volunteers in their jurisdiction, but the trust fund is the only County source of funding. There are many one-time expenses associated with keeping the senior patrol program operational, such as vehicles, radios, uniforms and other supplies. Furthermore, there is still a need for additional units in several communities. It is imperative that we restore the trust fund and extend the life of the program.

The Senior Volunteer Patrol program is a valuable resource that benefits communities and allows many seniors to contribute their time and effort to improving public safety. This proposal will allow for the continued operation of the Senior Volunteer Patrol program by ensuring that the trust fund remains fully funded.

We urge your support for this proposal.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

DIANNE JACOB
Chairwoman

PAM SLATER
Supervisor, Third District