​San Pedro Citizen Guard


Security Guard

​​​SPCG Patrol Duty and Event Security Guidelines

Patrolling is an essential part of what we do at SPCG. The basic functions of patrol are to prevent crime by identifying and reporting on conditions, to deter crime by showing an area is fully covered by a volunteer security force and to repress crime by constantly and frequently reporting conditions detrimental to the public's quality of life. Patrolling also helps bring the SPCG volunteer closer to the community and helps him or her form valuable area connections.

SPCG Patrol Guards may be called upon to provide security a various San Pedro events.  The same basic guidelines for Patrol Guards apply to event security personnel.

Basic Duties & Responsibilities

SPCG security patrol volunteers are assigned to specific patrol routes to prevent and detect signs of criminal activity and ensure the safety of persons, public and private property.

Security patrol volunteers are expected to:

  • Maintain an alert status at all times while on patrol.

  • Wear designated SECURITY jacket or black SPCG security polo shirt as outlined HERE. As an option, the white SPCG volunteer Polo shirt may be worn. Click HERE to view.

  • Always carry a smart phone, tablet, laptop or MAC while on patrol. 

  • Wear the SPCG Volunteer ID Card. (Once you've signed up, been approved and completed the SPCG Volunteer Orientation session, we will provide an SPCG ID card and polo shirt for you).

  • Look for and report any suspicious activity immediately via the SPCG Tip 411 web service. Click HERE for instructions on installing the SPCG Tip 411 App on your Smart Phone, Tablet or other Smart device

  • Call 911 in the event of any life threatening emergency or at the sound of any alarm and report on the situation.
  • In addition, all emergency and non-emergency calls made directly to the police should be logged onto SPCG Tip 411 site as well. This will allow us to track our crime reporting statistics as a group.
  • When on patrol, SPCG Patrol Volunteers should monitor the entrance and egress of employees, customers, visitors, and other persons from outside business entrances to guard against the theft of property and maintain security of premises.
  • Assist police officers with reports of unusual or suspicious activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or other unusual or illegal occurrences.

Methods of Patrol

Patrol techniques depend mostly on what method of transportation is utilized.

"Static security patrol" usually confines the security volunteer to a specific confined area. Static patrol does not mean however that the security volunteer should not be moving about to observe all areas of his patrol assignment.  

"Foot patrol" is the most basic form of patrol and affords the security volunteer a closer and less obtrusive way to monitor his/her surroundings. Security volunteers should always be in uniform during the duration of their patrol and should move quietly through the area. This method is useful for the "gathering of information" function of patrolling, as well as the "public assistance/relations" element.

Volunteers patrolling in a vehicle or "roving patrol" -- usually necessary if the area to be covered is larger -- will be more visible. This method of patrol is useful for the "deterrent function" of patrolling, as well as the "repression of crime" function. All roving (vehicle) patrols are encouraged to display "San Pedro Citizen Guard" placards on each side of the vehicle. This practice will greatly enhance the "deterrent" and "repression of crime" functions of roving patrols.

Methods of Covering the Area

A traditional way of covering ground is to do a quick sweep of the area first, then concentrate more carefully and thoroughly on the problem areas on second, third, etc. go-rounds. If a security volunteer on foot patrol is working with a partner, they may choose to split the area between them or change patrol routes occasionally at random to keep criminals off guard. Security volunteers can choose a zigzag route, cloverleaf pattern or circular route, as long as they have a system that insures they remember to cover all areas.

Preparation for Patrol

A security patrol volunteer should always be prepared before starting a patrol. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes. Security Patrol Volunteers should bring a two-way radio (if working with a partner) and/or cell phone in order to keep in contact with other patrol volunteers, police and fire departments.  A flashlight is required to reveal interiors of dark spaces or when patrolling at night.  Pepper spray or gel is a good defensive option if you are trained and licensed to carry it, but knives, firearms or other deadly weapons are strictly prohibited. Additionally be sure to carry a small note pad and pen to use for gathering information like a car license number or address to help the police.

Security patrol volunteers should mentally prepare for starting a patrol as well to ensure that they remain calm, collected and focused while on patrol. Security patrol volunteers must always stay alert and work to overcome the occasional tedium produced by patrolling.

Conducting a Safe Patrol

Having a Patrol Partner is always recommended for several reasons:

  • Safety - patrolling in pairs ensures that you will always have immediate back-up.
  • Alertness - having a partner will help keep you more alert while on patrol.  
  • Observation: your powers of observation will be doubled with two sets of eyes.
  • Accountability - You will each be able to account for the others actions.  

To schedule patrols with a partner, first enlist someone you know and are comfortable with that can join up with you. Each 2 hour patrol shift allows for two volunteers to sign up.  Communicate with your partner and select shifts to accompany each other. There is no shortage of patrol shifts available so paring up with your partner should be easy.


Patrol shifts, in most cases, will not be longer than two hours to ensure that we receive peak performance from our volunteers while on patrol.  

Safety Do's & Dont's

  • Don't round a corner too close to the wall, as you could easily be jumped from your blind spot due to your poor vantage point. Patrol volunteers should always maintain a wide view of the area they are patrolling.
  • Do stay to the side in parking garages and small streets to avoid speeding cars.
  • Don't walk into into enclosed dark areas without a backup.
  • When working with a patrol partner, never lose sight of your partner (unless you have 2-way radio communication).
  • Do sweep your flashlight over dark spaces and call out to determine if anyone is present before entering.
  • Always, always call for backup when unsure of the situation confronting you.
  • Never, never put you or your partner's personal safety in jeopardy.  

Calling for Back-Up

  • Call California Highway Patrol Dispatch (323) 982-4900 for incidents on Freeways only
  • Call LAPD (310) 726-7920 for Quality of Life (homeless) issues.
  • Call 911 or the LAFD for fire emergencies or paramedics.
  • Fire stations serving San Pedro: 

          Fire Station 101 (310) 548-7501 - 1414 25th Street, San Pedro (South Shores), CA 90732

          Fire Station 110 (310) 548-7545 - 2945 Miner Street, Berth 44-A (Fort MacArthur Area), San Pedro CA 90731

          Fire Station 112 (310) 548-7542 - 444 South Harbor Boulevard, Berth 86 Ports O' Call, San Pedro, CA 90731

          Fire Station 48   (310) 548-7548 - 1601 South Grand Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731

​          Fire Station 36   (310) 548-2836 - 1005 North Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731