If you're interested in making a difference in your community while gaining valuable experience, become a member of the Peoria Police Department's Volunteer Program. With a philosophy of community oriented policing, the Department recognizes the contribution volunteers can make and encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels and in all appropriate activities.
The mission of the Volunteer Program has two components. The Department will provide a rewarding experience to citizens with a desire to share their time and talents to better their community. Secondly, the program will provide, through the use of volunteers, quality and cost-effective delivery of services which further the mission of the Department to improve the quality of life in our city.
In 2011, 46 different volunteers contributed a total of 8,027 hours of service to the Police Department and the citizens of Peoria. When calculated at entry-level salaries for the areas in which they work, these hours are equivalent to $170,975.00 in added value to the city.
In addition to their regular assignments, volunteers helped with a variety of special community events and projects, including GAIN (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods), vacation watches, keeping department vehicles fueled and cleaned, conducting department tours, assisting with public safety events and presentations, and participating as role players in department training, among other assignments.
The Department exists to provide the highest quality services to Peoria residents. Volunteers must project a positive image and meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude.
- Some positions require possession of a valid AZ Driver's License, and have an acceptable driving record, without criminal traffic violations within the last three years.
- Be available for contact by phone.
- Successfully pass a background check. The extent may vary depending on the assignment.
- Be able to donate at least eight hours per month as a volunteer.
The Peoria Police Department's Volunteer Program has a wide variety of assignments to choose from, including:
- Neighborhoods Services Assistant
- Patrol Service Aide
- Community Relations Assistant
- Clerical Assistant
- Traffic Service Assistant
- Communications Assistant
- Victim Advocate
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Internship OpportunitiesIn cooperation with local post-secondary learning institutions, the Peoria Police Department places a limited number of qualified interns in a variety of rewarding assignments for the fall, spring, and summer sessions. After contacting the Internship Coordinator at your learning institution, contact the Peoria Police Department Internship Coordinator for current internship openings and information on applying. Call (623) 773-5058 or email to Volunteer Coordinator
How to Apply
Those interested in volunteering with the Peoria Police Department should contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (623) 773-5058 or send an E-MAIL to Volunteer Coordinator for more information about the program. Interested individuals will be required to complete a Volunteer Application. If it appears there may be an opening, the volunteer coordinator will contact the applicant to arrange a screening interview to determine appropriate placement. If a placement can be made, the applicant is fingerprinted and a background check is conducted as part of the screening process. The assigned supervisor will schedule any required training and arrange for a start date.