Volunteer for the Denver Police Department

There are those who dream about it, there are those who talk about it, Denver Police Department volunteers accomplish it!

The Volunteers In Police Service Program is committed to developing a spirit of cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the Denver Police Department’s ability to serve the city of Denver.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering for the Denver Police Department, we invite you to learn more about the application process and qualifications below. Download an application.

Volunteers directly represent the Denver Police Department and must follow all Department and City rules and regulations. In addition, volunteers will be handling confidential and sensitive information requiring volunteers to be professional, accountable, trustworthy, and reliable.

What are the minimum qualifications?
  • Volunteers must be 18 years old.
  • You do not need to reside in Denver to volunteer.
  • You must be able to pass a comprehensive background check.
  • Most positions do not require a special skill set, however, we encourage those with special skills to apply as we have many unique opportunities.
  • Volunteers must be able to commit a minimum 12 hours per fiscal year (January 1- December 31)

You must successfully past five different stages in order to be accepted into the VIPS program. At the completion of the different stages, our office evaluates each application for disqualifiers. While there are firm disqualifiers, applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the decision to accept them into the program is based off of findings from all stages. There is no appeal for disqualification from the VIP program.


Automatic disqualifiers include:
  • Conviction of a felony or any offense that would qualify as a felony under Colorado Revised Statutes
  • Sold any illegal drug or substance, or prescription medication illegally
  • Illegal use of narcotics in the past five years
  • Arrested for any crime or charged with a major traffic offense (DUI, DWAI, Suspension of License, or Driving without Insurance) during the past year
  • Omitted or falsified information during any part of the application process


Applicants may also be disqualified, after review, at the discretion of the VIPS Program Administrator, for the following reasons:
  • A physical or mental inability to perform the required duties or a volunteer
  • Excessive traffic violations
  • Drug or alcohol misuse or abuse
  • Unlawful sexual conduct
  • Any discharge from the US Military that is other than honorable
  • Any conduct that would jeopardize public opinion of the VIPS program or embarrass the Police Department

Because Denver Police Department volunteers are held to a high standard, the application process is thorough. On average, applications take up to two weeks to process. There have been applications that have taken longer to process dependent on volume of applications received, how quickly we are able to contact your references and complete a background check.

To begin:

  • Submit application. Download application, complete, sign and return by mail or in person.
  • Background check and criminal history. This will include contacting personal and professional references. You can help speed up the process by advising your references that we will be contacting them. Updated contact information is a must.
  • Suitability interview. We will conduct an interview with you after your application has been processed in order to ensure we find the best fit for you. This is informal, and is designed to make sure you are getting the return that will best benefit you and the department.
  • Fingerprint and photograph. This is for your new ID badge and is required even if you have been fingerprinted in the past.
  • Completion of Volunteer Orientation class. This 30 to 60 minute class introduces you to DPD life and how our program operates.

How much time am I expected to give?
We know your time is valuable and we appreciate you being willing to give yours! You may commit any number of hours to your position; however we do require a minimum of 12 hours within a fiscal year in order for you to remain active in the system. Some positions will require more time than others, but we can work with you to find something that fits your availability.

What positions are available?
We are currently expanding our program to include positions all over the department. There are opportunities ranging from copying Homicide cases, CSI team, receptionists, photographers, and community outreach. Positions are assigned based on interest, skills, and availability. We will work with you to make sure you are doing what you would like to. Positions are flexible, giving you the freedom to explore options.

Why should I volunteer?
Police Departments across the country are facing budget restrictions, and officers are often spending time doing tasks that are not the most beneficial to their communities. Volunteers are instrumental in freeing up officers’ time to allow them to play a more active role on the streets and in their original positions. With your support, communities can help support law enforcement and make cities a safer place!

Is the Citizen's Academy part of the Volunteers in Police Service?
No, but the VIP program and Citizen's Academy are operated out of the same office. If you are interested in attending a Citizen's Academy, or just learning more about the program, visit our Citizens' Academy page.

Can I volunteer if I smoke marijuana?
The Denver Police Department has a no tolerance policy when it comes to any type of drug (including marijuana and medical marijuana) for its employees and volunteers. While Marijuana is legal in Denver, it is illegal federally.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Denver Police Department is currently accepting applications for volunteer positions! We have a variety of openings and will be updating the posted list weekly. Download the list to see what is available this week!

Curious about our recently filled volunteer opportunities? Download a partial list!

If you are interested in volunteering in an area that you don’t see, please let us know and we can work with you to make it happen!

Don't miss the opportunity to join our exciting team!

Contact Us

Volunteers in Police Service
1331 Cherokee Street 
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (720) 913-6877
Email: DPDVIP@denvergov.org 

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