Instead of basking in their golden years, six longtime Glendale residents decided to take on a new job — volunteer patrollers for the Police Department.
On Wednesday, the group became the latest members of the department's Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol program, known as RSVP.
Before being certified, they were trained in police radio communication, city streets, equipment, patrol operations, and the basics of narcotics and gangs.
The volunteer service is especially critical amid budget pressures brought on by the protracted recession, Police Chief Ron De Pompa said.
"The one lifeline that we have had is the great support from the community, especially in terms of their volunteer hours to help us keep this community safe," he said.
Forty-five senior volunteers have dedicated more than 10,000 hours to the police department, program coordinator Alma Bullock said, saving the city $236,183.