The Riverside Police Department volunteer program was created in 1994. At that time there were six volunteers who worked in our Records Division. The department now has over 70 volunteers who assist us in a wide variety of assignments. It is our goal to match the volunteer's skills and interests to the department's needs. The Riverside Police Department is committed to doing its part to ensure all citizens have a satisfying volunteer experience.
All potential volunteers are being asked to attend a Bi-Annual session of Citizen's Academy held in the Spring and Fall. Find information on Citizen's Academy.
After the completion of the Citizen's Academy you will be offered an interview and start the bkacground process to become a volunteer.
The Riverside Police Department has many exciting volunteer opportunities to engage and involve our community members. See the following positions for more information:
Volunteers are assigned to work inside a police facility. Duties such as data entry, answering phones, filing, and general office duties are samples of the types of duties performed. Ability to use Microsoft Office software is desirable. Training is assignment specific to the unit assigned.
Citizen Patrol Groups
This program utilizes citizen volunteers to assist in patrolling the city. It is divided into four units: Citizens On Patrol, Bike Patrol, and Mall Walkers. These units are used for directed patrol in specified areas, vacation checks, traffic control, extra patrol for major events and extra patrol for City mall areas. Successful completion of our training is required. Certain physical requirements must be met for some positions within this classification.
Special Detail Volunteers
Duties include, but are not limited to, traffic control at fixed locations, DUI Checkpoints, 911 for Kids Program, station tours, the You Are Not Alone Program, OWE, and car seat fitting stations. Successful completion of the required training is mandatory and may require specialized certification. Volunteers also assist at weekend and evening community events throughout the City. Duties at these events include, but are not limited to, set-up and break down of event booths, manning information tables, interacting with the community, and assisting with presentations. Job specific training is required. Certain physical requirements must be met for some positions within this classification.
These volunteers possess skills, training, and/or education in a specialized area. These proficiencies are gained a combination of work experience and formal education. Areas such as Chaplain, TSU, Traffic Reconstruction, and Range Assistant are very limited in availability. Certain physical requirements must be met for some positions within this classification.