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. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our program and how you can make a difference by being a part of it.
If you are interested in our Internship Program, please visit the www.denvergov.org/jobs. Internships are posted as they become available and any requirements for the position are described in the posting. If you do not see any posted internships, please continue to check the website as internships are posted throughout the year.
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?
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.
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.
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 30 hours within a time frame of January 1st to December 31st 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.
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!
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