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
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.
Want to know more? Just check out the links below.
Related HowStuffWorks Articles
- City of Chula Vista. "Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP)." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.chulavistaca.gov/city_Services/Public_Safety/Police_Department/Volunteers/svp.asp
- DPD. "Volunteer Police Program Requirements." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.dallaspolice.net/index.cfm?page_ID=1183
- Harrington, Cliff. "'Grunt work' takes man to crime scenes." Charlotte Observer. 04/25/09. (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.charlotteobserver.com/597/story/685709.html
- Hill, Marcie. "Police seek volunteers to monitor surveillance cameras." Chitown Daily News. 11/25/08. (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.chitowndailynews.org/Chicago_news/Police_seek_volunteers_to_monitor_surveillance_cameras,18798
- LASD. "Volunteers on Patrol." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://lasd.org/online_form/volunteer/volunteer_info.html
- Nielsen Media Research. "Top 10 Broadcast TV Programs for the week of April 13, 2009 (Live + SD)." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.nielsenmedia.com/nc/portal/site/Public/menuitem.43afce2fac27e890311ba0a347a062a0/?vgnextoid=9e4df9669fa14010VgnVCM100000880a260aRCRD
- NYPD. "Auxiliary Police Program Overview 2008." 04/2008. (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/careers/nypd_auxiliary_police_overview_2008.pdf
- SFgov.org. "San Francisco Police Department Reserve Officer Unit." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.sfgov.org/site/police_index.asp?id=21348
- TIP. "Facts on Post-Conviction DNA Exonerations." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/351.php
- VIPS. "About VIPS." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.policevolunteers.org/about/
- VIPS. "Start a Program." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.policevolunteers.org/start_program/
- VIPS. "Volunteering with Law Enforcement: A Citizen's Guide." (Accessed 04/26/09) http://www.policevolunteers.org/pdf/volunteerBrochure.pdf