by LIZ ONUFER
photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Patrolling PQ

Greg Miller spends his free time cruising his home streets of 92129. Armed with only a uniform and a badge, Greg is a volunteer for RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.

It is no surprise that Greg, a twenty-two-year resident of PQ, has turned to this type of volunteer work. He has long been attracted to law enforcement. “I always wanted to do some kind of police work and help out our neighbors,” Greg explained. He appreciates the ability to give back to the community in this capacity. While his duties vary greatly, Greg’s favorite part of his monthly patrols is visiting with elderly citizens who live alone.
Through the RSVP, volunteers over the age of 50 are recruited to help the San Diego Police Department with some of the more peaceful patrol duties, such as issuing disabled parking citations, patrolling school areas, and providing home checks on the elderly and housebound. The patrol’s focus is safety and security, allowing police officers more time to do what they do best – protect. Greg, like all RSVP volunteers, serves three patrol days each month and attends a monthly meeting. His training was provided entirely by RSVP, including time at the Police Academy. His graduation earned him the uniform and badge he wears on patrol.

Protecting and serving his long time community is important to Greg. He and his wife, Carolyn, have raised three children in the Sunset Hills area of Rancho Peñasquitos, twins Kevin and Keith, and daughter, Casey. All three children were highly involved in sports and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. The great schools and neighborhood are the reasons Greg and Carolyn still love it today.

Currently, RSVP is in “dire need of good citizens to help patrol the neighborhoods,” Greg stated. Interested volunteers are invited to join for a “ride along” to learn about the experience. And beyond more senior patrollers, contributions of time or money would be greatly appreciated “to upgrade some of our equipment,” Greg added. One of the most important fundraisers of the year is the upcoming PQ Fiesta.

When not patrolling, Greg can be found doing “anything outside.” He especially enjoys time at the local parks and trails. And Greg admitted, “I still love to rip some waves, both as a long boarder and a SUP boarder.”

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At-A-Glance

Name: Gregory J. Miller
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos – Sunset Hills area
Volunteer Affiliation: RSVP, Tutor at Sunset Hills, Wounded Warriors, Balboa Naval Hospital Surf & SUP program for our recovering men and women (missing appendages and PTSD)
Profession: I currently own and operate a small education company, Colonial Educators, which offers “living history” programs to San Diego schools.
Wife: Carolyn
Children: Twins – Kevin and Keith; Daughter – Casey
Hobbies: Anything outside
Favorite Local Spot: My home