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Volunteers in Police Service

The implementation of the Modesto Police Department "Volunteers in Police Service" has proven to be a valuable tool, greatly appreciated by the City of Modesto and its residents. The Modesto Police Department draws on the time, talents and experience of volunteers to allow officers to better perform their frontline duties. We attempt to match volunteers to jobs according to their strengths and abilities.


Volunteers need no prior experience. Each division handles its own specialized volunteer training. Performance of duties can lead to increasingly responsible positions. Volunteers usually work in a single division but can assist other divisions as needed. Schedules are flexible. Work continues in all divisions throughout the year.
Generally, there are no physical requirements for volunteer work; volunteers with physical limitations are welcome.

Some of the duties currently being performed by volunteers include:

  • patrolling neighborhoods and shopping centers-checking for property in plain view, screens off windows, open doors
  • assisting citizens with questions
  • patrolling the area of schools
  • performing clerical assignments
  • data entry
  • making deliveries and distributing mail throughout areas
  • assisting at special events
  • issuing courtesy notices
  • staffing information booths
  • distributing important flyers
  • delivering newsletters
  • answering telephones
  • assist Neighborhood Watch coordinators
  • vacation house checks
  • senior citizen checks
  • assist in searching for missing persons

Requirements and abilities:

  • over 18 years of age
  • a citizen of the United States or have legal residency
  • mature
  • responsible
  • enthusiastic
  • good communication skills
  • willingness to submit to an extensive background check
  • ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
  • ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • willingness to comply with uniform dress code
  • dependable and flexible
  • willingness to share in community
  • sense of humor
  • desire to serve others
  • ability to donate a minimum of 16 hours per month
Download an application here.  
If you have the above qualities and you want to make a difference in your community, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
For further information on law enforcement volunteers, check out