Volunteer

Volunteers can provide a level of support to local law enforcement agencies. While all agencies are designed and staffed to provide appropriate policing and law enforcement services to the community, there is always more to do. Volunteers can fill in critical gaps in program support, enabling law enforcement agencies to respond more effectively to enforcement and policing priorities. At the same time, volunteers can create valuable ties between members of the community which they represent and law enforcement.

What do volunteers do?

  • Assist with natural and man-made disasters
  • Act as the "Eyes & Ears" of the police
  • Report quality of life issues
  • Assist with traffic control for:
    • Parades
    • Walks
    • Marathons
    • Sporting events
    • Other special events in the City

Volunteers may assist with a variety of Department functions, depending on need and the volunteer's skills and interests.

What type of training does a volunteer receive?

  • Radio communications
  • Traffic control
  • Weather spotter
  • Radar gun
  • CPR

How do I become a volunteer at SBPD?

  • Must complete Citizen's Police Academy prior to applying (9 week program)
  • Be 18 yrs. old (21 if your duties require you to drive a Department vehicle)
  • Have a valid drivers license or ID card
  • Have a clear driving record
  • Submit to and pass a background check
  • Attend one training class per month
  • Work 4 hours of patrol or special events per month (minimum participation requirement)
  • Training classes are free
  • Volunteer gear is issued upon graduation

Volunteer Unit Contact:
Lt. Eugene Eyster
(574) 235-9818
eeyster@southbendin.gov