Make a difference as a LAPD volunteer and be the change you want to see in your community. Volunteers represent a broad range of ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. Through their dedicated service, volunteers reflect the quality that is representative of the people of Los Angeles and the LAPD. In turn, the Department recognizes the valuable assistance that volunteers provide, and considers them an integral part of the LAPD team.

Community Volunteer Application – *Same application for: Volunteers/Interns/CPAB/Boosters/Chaplains 
Internship Information
Reserve Police Officer Program (Volunteer Police Officer)
Crime & Intelligence Analyst Internship Program
LAPD Area Stations

One of the most important aspects of the LAPD volunteer program is the diversity of responsibilities that volunteers undertake on a daily basis. Volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.

You can complete your application online and submit it directly to the main office downtown, please make sure you put the division that you are interested in working at. We need to know so your application can be forwarded directly to that divisional coordinator (Submitting it online will slightly delay your process).

You can also print out your application, complete it in pen, sign all pages that need signatures and scan it directly to the divisional coordinator’s email on the flyer attached below in How to become a volunteer section.

The City of Los Angeles is divided into 21 geographic Areas, each containing its own community police station. In the spirit of community policing, community members and officers join together to design volunteer opportunities at each station. As a volunteer, here are some of the available opportunities:

  • Promoting Safety with business communities
  • Front Desk Operations
  • Traffic Safety Outreach
  • Clerical and administrative support
  • Safe Passage to Schools
  • Community Members on Patrol
  • Vacation Checks
  • Detective Support
  • Variety of other important functions

There are also over 20 specialized divisions that utilize volunteers. In addition, LAPD provides opportunities for college/high school students interested in working in unpaid intern/volunteer positions or community service requirement programs.

How to Become a LAPD Volunteer

For information on volunteer opportunities with the LAPD, contact your local divisional volunteer coordinator for information, including the application process, as well as current volunteer opportunities will be provided. All applicants are required to be fingerprinted as part of LAPD background procedures.

NOTE: proof of vaccination required when you get live scanned.

If you aren’t sure which station you should call, or you have specific interest in one of the LAPD specialized divisions, you may contact the Department’s Volunteer Unit, email LAPDvolunteers@lapd.online at 213-486-6000.

Make a contribution

Los Angeles Police Foundation
Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation
The Parker Foundation

Prevent Crime

The LAPD is dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the fear and the incidence of crime. But there are many things each and every community member can do to reduce his or her chances of becoming a victim.

Volunteer your time

Reserve Police Officer Program
Community Policing Unit
Neighborhood Watch Program

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