C.E.M.P. is Born
June, 1962 - a child goes missing in the San Fernando Valley. Back then there was no such thing as a "Critical Missing" designation, so she was considered a "missing person." During the search, citizen volunteers began to join the effort. A small group of individual citizen-band (CB) radio operators bonded together and noted that a lack of coordination and control during these type of missing person cases resulted in a pitiful, disorganized attempt at a rescue operation where a child's life may be at stake.
These men, realizing the need for group effectiveness, formed a club. In October, 1962 this "club" incorporated and was named "Citizens Emergency Mobile Patrol."