The Santa Ana Volunteers for Excellence (SAVE) Program volunteers assist in a variety of areas throughout the department.
The Santa Ana Police Department utilizes the voluntary services of local citizens to enhance existing police services and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. The Santa Ana Police Department Volunteers in Policing (SAPD VIPS) Program is for interested citizens who wish to volunteer their time as a non-sworn, member of the department.
Police Volunteers are not sworn members and do not have the authority or duties that would represent them as a peace officer. The volunteer commitment for all volunteers lasts for a period of one year with a requirement of 8 hours per month but may vary depending on the needs of the department or the project which the volunteer is assigned to. Volunteers are placed on an "as needed basis".