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Volunteer Activities


Here are some examples of the types of assignments citizens can take on to assist their local law enforcement agency:

Administrative Duties

Volunteers in Police Service Logo
  • Enter data
  • Type reports, file, answer phones, and perform other office tasks
  • Help front counter personnel by answering citizen inquiries and performing routine administrative tasks
  • Help telephone reporting units take reports of minor and "no suspect" crimes

Citizen Patrols

  • Read parking meters
  • Provide bike patrols in community parks
  • Patrol shopping centers during the holiday season to assist stranded motorists or lost children
  • Write citations for violations of handicapped parking restrictions
  • Participate in marine patrols
  • Home vacation checks

Community Liaison Activities

  • Citizens’ advisory boards
  • Speakers bureau on disaster preparedness or identity theft
  • Citizens’ police academies
  • Staff community policing substations
  • Staff a department booth and distribute information on police services at community events

Neighborhood Watch

  • Join or start a Neighborhood Watch program


  • Conduct research using department and regional computer programs
  • Compile crime data for specific area problems
  • Crime mapping and analysis
  • University researchers, statisticians, and criminologists can help law enforcement agencies conduct research

Assist with

  • Search and rescue activities
  • Role-playing and training scenarios for officers
  • Cold case squads
  • Victim assistance
  • Disaster response
  • Graffiti abatement programs
  • Courts
  • Special events
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Fingerprinting

Youth-Related Activities

  • Assist in programs such as police athletic leagues
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Help with youth citizen academies
  • Assist in school-based programs such as DARE
  • Assist with after-school programs
  • Explorer Posts
  • Completing internships
  • Provide short-term care of juveniles in protective custody

Volunteers with special skills can serve in numerous ways:

  • Counselors can provide support to victims of crime and assist with crisis intervention.
  • Mechanics can help maintain police vehicles.
  • Faith leaders can become involved in chaplain programs.
  • Public health officials can develop public safety plans and train for biohazard management.
  • Architects, landscapers, and building engineers can suggest ways community centers can improve or modify buildings and landscape designs to prevent or reduce crime.
  • Security specialists can conduct free security reviews for local schools, after-school programs, or places of worship.
  • Public relations professionals can design public safety campaigns and supporting materials.
  • Bilingual volunteers can assist with translation.
  • Computer programmers can help develop or improve Web sites and record management systems.
  • Persons with state approved training can become reserve or auxiliary officers.