How Volunteer Police Work

Volunteer Police Benefits

Volunteering can sometimes seem like a thankless job. But with police work, often you can see immediate rewards. First and foremost, you know that you're personally working to make your community a better, safer place. Even if you're just typing up reports, you're helping the full-time officers free up more time to keep criminals off your streets.

Depending on the police station that you work with, you can also receive these types of benefits:

  • A uniform, department-owned firearm, crowd control equipment, protective vest or leather gear
  • Free continued professional training or police academy training
  • Worker's compensation for any injuries in the line of duty
  • Awards of merit
  • Recommendations for your future work

[sources:, NYPD]

You could begin volunteering with the police as something to do in your spare time and realize you'd like to turn your passion into a full-time career. Completing the volunteer training and making connections with your local law enforcement can help you find these opportunities. But even if you have only a few hours a week to devote to the process, you're still making a huge difference in the lives of those around you. When you're ready, this exciting experience is only a phone call away.

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