Volunteers in Police Services

Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, and information input, and they provide new program opportunities. In addition, volunteers can bring new skills and expertise to the job and prompt new enthusiasm. It is the policy of this police department to use qualified volunteers for specified tasks and duties that can create efficiencies for the department and improve services to the community. Volunteers are intended to supplement and support, rather than supplant, sworn officers and civilian personnel.

In our department, volunteers serve valuable roles by greeting and assisting visitors, updating crime victims on the status of their case, assisting callers with non-emergency crime reports, organizing Neighborhood Watch programs, lending support to clerical employees, assisting with the Citizen Emergency Response Team, and helping with important administrative tasks.

With greater demands placed on our law enforcement agencies today, volunteers are absolutely vital to ensure that our officers have the time to focus on their key tasks. Our public safety, in a time of heightened security and new threats, depends on it. In the aftermath of September 11, police officers and firefighters are among the leading heroes of young people. If we are going to build a culture of service and citizenship as the USA Freedom Corps is helping to do all across the country, our officers and the citizens that support them must play leading roles. Fortunately, you can answer the call to service by offering to volunteer your time with the Lancaster Bureau of Police.

For more information contact MaryAnn Charles at (717) 735-3408.