City of Concord California

News Release

June 19, 2017

Neighborhood Patrol salutes founder, seeks new members

Friends, co-workers and family will gather on Thursday, June 22 to celebrate Doug Schuster, the volunteer who founded the Concord Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol program 20 years ago.

Schuster is retiring from his volunteer duties after starting, implementing and serving in the program. He became a volunteer after many years in military law enforcement, and saw a need in Concord for a program that allowed residents to assist police officers in a meaningful way. His goal has always been to help people and improve the community.

The Neighborhood Patrol program volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to help keep the community safe and free up police officers by taking on a variety of critical tasks. After going through rigorous training sessions, the volunteers are able to issue vehicle citations, conduct vacation home checks, provide traffic control during special events and at accident scenes, and many other jobs that assist the Police Department.

Neighborhood Patrol participants start out in the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. Residents who would like to continue Schuster's work and join the patrol can find more information at Select 'Volunteer' from the Quick Links menu to find VIPS details, or email volunteer Steve Glazier at

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