Devonshire Community ProgramsThe Devonshire Area Police Station is very proud of its many community programs. We find that these programs are a great way to keep in touch with the entire community, which in turn allows us to better serve those who work and/or live here. Below are descriptions of several of our community programs. We’ve also included phone numbers for more information. New listings and updated information will be added regularly, so be sure to visit this site often. We look forward to seeing more of you benefiting from these activities.
- C.E.M.P. (California Emergency Mobile Patrol)
- C.P.A.B. (Community Police Advisory Board)
- L.E.C.P. (Law Enforcement Cadet Post 660)
- P.A.L.S. (Police Activity League Supporters)
- SOLID (Supporters of Law-enforcement in Devonshire)
- V.S.T. (Volunteer Surveillance Team)
C.E.M.P. provides emergency response services for the City of Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments and the Park Rangers. The team responds throughout the City of Los Angeles and neighboring communities such as the City of San Fernando. Incorporated in 1962, C.E.M.P. is also a member of the National Association for Search and Rescue.
Primarily, C.E.M.P. is trained and ready for Search & Rescue missions to assist in Critical Missing cases such as elderly patients, children and mentally challenged patients. C.E.M.P. also responds to Command Post missions to provide operations and lights on a crime or other active scene. The team also is instrumental in area evacuations, body recovery, evidence searches, eyes and ears details and stand-by medical operations for community events.
C.E.M.P. also has its own K9 rescue team on board. The handlers and their partners constantly train - honing their skills for area searches. The dogs (and handlers) are a valuable asset, training in various terrain and weather for countless different scenarios.
Becoming a Member
C.E.M.P. accepts applications for new applicants every month. The team holds an orientation meeting every last Monday of the month at the Devonshire station (1900). After an applicant explores the team, he or she then applies to be team member. A review board is setup and the recruit is then interviewed and either accepted as an applicant or asked to re-submit their application. An applicant goes through a three-month hands-on training program, then enters a three month probation period. After that period, the applicant becomes a full-time member.
For more information on C.E.M.P, visit the team website at http://www.cemp.org.
The Area Commanding Officer provides updates, explanations and information to the C-PAB regarding all quality of life issues in their respective area, along with any other pertinent items city wide or from other jurisdictions that would have an effect on our community. Each C-PAB is chaired by the Area Commanding Officer, and co-chaired by a selected board member of the respective C-PAB. The members of the C-PAB are also selected and approved by the Area Commanding Officer; with recommendations from C-PAB board members, department personnel and/or community stakeholders. The present Devonshire Area Commanding Officer is Captain Kris Pitcher, who has served on the Los Angeles Police Department since 1987; and the C-PAB Co-Chair is Mr. Larry Stearn; who has served on the Board since its inception in 1993. Other key seasoned positions aboard the Devonshire Area C-PAB are the Board Secretary, held by LAUSD Administrator Ms. Donna Smith; Board Coordinator, held by LAPD Reserve Specialist Ms. Erica DeSmith; Board Minutes Officiate, held by LAPD Officer and Chaplain Ryan Caplette; and Board Communications Liaison, held by Ms. Shirley Ellis. In total, and at present, there are 28 members that comprise the Devonshire Area C-PAB; consisting of business, civic, educational and professional stakeholders of the community. Each and every C-PAB throughout Los Angeles have regularly scheduled meetings with a defined agenda and transcribed minutes taken. The Devonshire Area C-PAB has been meeting every other month since its inception took place in 1993.
Aside from reporting on the status of our regular agenda items at each meeting, our Board takes on major items of concern that are currently at issue or feel they will come to light in the near future. Presently, these items consist of crime containment in vacant-foreclosed properties, stricter licensing and enforcement at group homes, and interaction with school officials in maintaining a consistent safe haven for our students, teachers and school personnel.
The Devonshire Area C-PAB; along with all department wide C-PABs, are overseen and directed by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Office Of Operations and are required to have each of its respective Board Co-Chairs give an annual presentation to the Los Angeles Police Commission regarding concerns and accomplishments throughout the year.
The Devonshire Area C-PAB is here to serve you and to give you a better voice in the policing of your community.
L.E.C.P. (Law Enforcement Cadet Post 660)
Devonshire Area Cadets are required to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per month. These hours consist of community service, crime prevention and station hours (records, desk, Cadet meetings, etc.).
The Devonshire Cadets work such details as the L.A. Marathon, the L.A. Open, Northridge Mall holiday security, parade details, bike licensing, children fingerprinting, and lost child details at fairs. Cadets also go on police ride-alongs, and complete reports at the front desk. These are just a few of our activities.
The Devonshire Cadets dedicate their time to the community. In return, community leaders, businesses, private citizens, and the Police Activity League support the Cadets with various types of contributions. With these contributions the Cadet program is fully funded, since neither the City of Los Angeles nor the Police Department funds the program. With these funds the Cadets are also awarded for their efforts with a yearly summer fun and educational trip to locations such as Hawaii, San Diego, and San Francisco. We also have several "Fun Nights" that include movies, parties, amusement parks and weekend get-aways. All these activities are at no cost to the Cadets.
Chain of Command
- Area Commander, Captain
- Community Relations Sergeant
- Youth Services Officer, Advisors
- Associate Advisor
- Cadet Commander
- Cadet Captain
Cadets must meet the following conditions and requirements:
- 14 years of age and in the 9th grade; or 15 years (regardless of grade) through 21 years of age
- Maintain a "C" average in all school work through the 12th grade
- Have no record of serious arrests or convictions
- Maintain good moral character
- Be free of any physical deficiencies that would jeopardize the cadet or others in the program
- Present a written recommendation from a teacher, religious leader or other responsible non-related adult
- Pass an oral examination
- Write an autobiography
- Pass a background investigation
- Obtain a medical examination (to qualify for insurance)
- Attend and graduate from the Cadet Academy
- Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in Cadet activities
For more information about the Devonshire Cadet program, contact Officer Kellie Cueto, Youth Services Officer at 818-363-1726.
P.A.L.S. (Police Activity League Supporters)
"SERVING OUR YOUTH"Mission Area is committed to making a positive impact on the youth of the community and investing in our City's future. Through the D.A.P. program (Deputy Auxiliary Program), children can interact with police officers first hand and in positive manner to achieve these goals.
The Deputy Auxiliary Police program is similar to the Cadet program, but it is geared towards even younger children. It is designed for children aged 9 through 13 years. The D.A.P. program allows children to participate in activities that instill a sense of community pride, self-discipline and leadership ability in an overall positive environment. This program is supervised by police officers and concerned parents.
The Los Angeles Police Department, Devonshire Area and its officers are committed to reducing crime in our community and improving quality of life issues that fester within our communities. Unfortunately, there are many times when the city cannot provide the equipment necessary to achieve these goals. In January of 1993, the Supporters Of Law Enforcement in Devonshire (SOLID) was founded to bridge the gap and assist in filling these equipment needs. In the past three years, SOLID has purchased computers, fax machines, video equipment, vehicles, exercise equipment and more to help Devonshire Area provide a better level of service to the community.
SOLID is a non-profit organization with a twelve-member board of directors, including a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. Each of these positions is filled annually by an election.
If you have any further questions in regard to SOLID or would like to become a member, please contact President Ms. Paula Boland. For all other inquiries, please refer to the website above.
V.S.T. (Volunteer Surveillance Team)
What is the Volunteer Surveillance Team (VST)?
VST is a group of community volunteers living in the LAPD Devonshire Area that are specially trained and supervised by LAPD officers to observe and report criminal activity.
How does a surveillance detail operate?
When a crime pattern is identified, the LAPD officers in charge plan how a surveillance detail would be safely and effectively conducted. Volunteers are assembled at a roll call and assigned predesignated observation posts, typically located in cars, vans, buildings or rooftops. The VST members who observe criminal activity in the surveillance area report this via police radio to patrol officers assigned to the surveillance detail. These officers respond to the call, stop and question the individual(s) suspected of the criminal activity and make an arrest, if warranted.
What type of criminal activity is the VST assigned to observe?
Any reoccurring criminal activity in a specific area such as truancy, theft from motor vehicles, grand theft auto, lewd conduct, vandalism, tagging, sale of alcohol to underage persons and burglary.
What type of training do the volunteers get?
Initially, new members are provided with a safety orientation and then accompany experienced VST members on several surveillance details to get first hand experience. A formal classroom session is conducted on observation skills, radio procedures and protocol, equipment needed, safety procedures, etc. Field training follows with the observation of simulated criminal activities. New VST members are then assigned to work surveillance details with experienced team leaders where their surveillance and radio broadcast skills are further developed.
Do VST members get involved with criminal suspects or arrest?
Absolutely NOT! VST members when assigned to a surveillance post are expected to be invisible! They are expected to blend into the background and not be observed. Their job is to report their observations to awaiting officers who will evaluate and then detain those involved.
How many active VST volunteers are there and what have they accomplished?
Presently, there are 50-55 active members. Since 1992, VST has donated more than 29,000 hours of surveillance time and saved the city in excess of $1.1 million in police officer salaries. The VST has assisted the LAPD in the apprehension of rapists, graffiti taggers, drug dealers and drug purchasers, burglars, car thieves and truants. In 1999 alone, VST was involved in more than 900 arrests.
Who are the VST?
VST is a mix of men and women, young adults and seniors, including those working in professional and blue-collar jobs as well as retiree’s, who possess a desire to improve their community and assist the LAPD.
What are the requirements to join VST?
Applicants for VST must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the area served by the Devonshire Community Police Station, have a valid California driver's license or I.D., be in good physical condition, have good oral communication skills, submit to a background check and pass an oral interview.
What time demands will VST create?
- One training meeting every other month - 2 hours on a weekday evening.
- One five hour training session once every 5-6 months on a Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
- As many surveillance details as you have time for. (One a week or twice a month). Two or three are scheduled per week (typically 3-5 hours in length).
Are volunteers permitted to carry weapons?
NO! VST members are not permitted to carry any type of weapon while participating in the program.
Is it safe being a VST member?
Since it's inception in 1992, no VST member has ever been injured in training or on a surveillance detail. LAPD officers are just around the corner and constantly in touch with members for their safety.
Why become a VST member?
- There is a need for residents to be involved in their community.
- Your participation shows support for the LAPD Devonshire Area officers.
- Your involvement will help reduce criminal activity and improve the quality of life in your own community.
- Assisting the LAPD is a personally rewarding experience.
How do I join?
To receive an application call 818-832-0992, leave your name, address and phone number. An application will be mailed to you. After you have received the application, submit it along with two letters of recommendation and mail them to:
VST-Devonshire Community Police Station
10250 Etiwanda Ave.
Northridge , CA 91325
Attn: VST Officer
FEATURED COMMUNITY MEMBER