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May 25, 2016

Give, Gain, Grow
Get Involved - Be a Police Volunteer

Have you an interest in serving the community and learning more about local law enforcement? The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department invites you to apply to be a Police Volunteer.

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.

9/11 Essay Contest
Deadline August 15th

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation in partnership with Palm Beach Gardens Fire-Rescue and the Fire Chiefs Council of Palm Beach County is once again sponsoring a September 11th Remembrance Essay Contest for local students, many of whom may not even have been born on September 11th, 2001.

The contest is open to students in grades 9-10-11 & 12 who are residents of the City of Palm Beach Gardens or are the dependents of persons currently employed by the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

Three awards will be distributed in the form of American Express Gift cards. First place is $500., Second place is $300. and Third place is $200. The awards will be presented at the September City Council Meeting and the First Place winner will be invited to read his or her essay at the 9/11 Memorial Remembrance Event at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School on September 11, 2016.

For more information and details on the Essay Contest topic, click here.