Our "Volunteers In Police Service" (VIPS) support sworn and civilian personnel by performing duties within their area of expertise.
There are a wide variety of tasks that can be performed by volunteers, ranging from administrative work to managing a police department program, to providing professional services, to assisting officers on patrol, to coordinating special events.
Our Citizens Mobile Patrol/Crime Prevention Volunteers are a group of local residents, over the age of 25, dedicated to extraordinary community service. They drive marked police vehicles in pairs. They conduct vacation house-watch checks, hand out fliers, issue parking citations, check construction sites, provide police presence in areas where specific crimes have occurred, monitor traffic and man control points for emergency situations, assist with special City events and perform a wide variety of other tasks as needed.
Because some volunteer positions involve direct access to law enforcement information on the same basis as paid staff, and because all volunteers have occasional access to law enforcement information, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department has a formal recruiting and screening process. The process begins with an extensive application, an oral interview, fingerprinting, and a background check. There is no charge for any part of this process, including fingerprinting.
If we've piqued your interest, complete an application to be reviewed by the department. That application can be either picked up at the front window of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department (9-5, M-F) or downloaded here. Upon completion please drop it back off at the front window.
Volunteers are extremely important to the Agency as they help us to engage and interact more effectively with the local community.