Become Part Of The Family
C.E.M.P. is always accepting new members. You must be at least 18 years of age, live within a half-hour response time to the San Fernando Valley, possess a current California driver's license and be willing to undergo a background check, including fingerprint scanning.
You will also be required to attend a six month applicant period, three month probationary period and be able to commit to an average of 10-40 hours per month in volunteer service.
To learn more about the steps to take, our requirements and expectations, attend one of our Orientations, or click the panels below.
Steps to Becoming a Member
Attend an orientation.
The Applicant Orientation takes place every six months and is a presentation of who we are, what we do and what to expect. No obligation is required. We simply ask for your attention for 90 minutes while we get to know you and you get to know C.E.M.P.
After the presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions and evaluate whether our team is meant for you.
To get invited to the next upcoming Orientation, Please fill out our Online Application and get the ball rolling!
Apply to be a member.
If you're still interested in becoming a member, we ask that you attend the next regular General Membership meeting (held every month). At that time you'll be interviewed (similar to a job interview) and then the team will decide whether to bring you onto the team as an applicant.
If we think you're a match (and vice versa), you will immediately delve into action by learning and participating in all events and riding along on our callouts.
Applicant training lasts for six months.
The first six months are dedicated to learning about our team, search procedures, radio communications, area familiarization, emergency vehicles, proper protocol, the ICS system and much more.
During your training period we require every new member to undergo an immediate background check and fingerprint LiveScan. We also require applicants to acquire first aid and CPR certifications and other certs that will be explained by your Applicant Coordinator.
The probationary period last three months.
During the probationary period recruits participate as full-time members, however they must still undergo regular evaluations and reviews. At the end of the period recruits are presented to the team for final approval to become full-time members. This process may seem tedius, but as we work directly under the umbrella of the LAPD and other area agencies, it's important for us to provide them with a group of dedicated, sincere volunteers.
If successful, you will then will gain full membership during a formal badge ceremony.
Receive your badge.
After the Applicant and Probationary periods have passed, and all requirements have been successfully met, the recruits are presented with their badge and credentials. We always encourage members to invite family and friends to the ceremony to watch as we welcome you to our family.
Receiving your badge is a big deal to us. Our team takes great pride in our accomplishment, comittment and special desire to answer the call of the community as a volunteer.