Our volunteers are an integral part of our agency. In cooperation with our volunteers, we are able to provide a safe and crime free environment for users of our trails, parks, and recreation facilities. The Volunteer Patrol consists of community members who travel the parks by car, bike, and horse to watch for and report violations and concerns. Volunteers assist in investigative, administrative, and community service functions. Park Police volunteers also assist at community events such as Police Awareness Day, Montgomery County Fair, etc. Such assistance may consist of traffic direction, dispensing information, public relations, etc.
To qualify to be a Park Police Volunteer, you must meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 16 years of age (21 for mounted patrol).
- Successfully complete a thorough background investigation, including a criminal history and driving check.
- Able to work well with others.
- Able to follow procedures accurately and responsibly.
- Desire to aid in the achievement of park police as well as community goals and objectives.
- Able to donate at least 24 hours a year.
A well-trained volunteer workforce is a priority to our Division. Our volunteers attend a Volunteer Academy. The Academy provides an orientation to the volunteer program as well as the specific duties, responsibilities, and limitations of the position. Upon successful completion of the Academy, new volunteers are paired with experienced volunteers for a field training program. Trainees are continuously monitored and evaluated during a 90-day probationary period.
Volunteer application process
The application process consists of the following:
- A Thorough Background Investigation
- An Interview to Determine Skills, Abilities, and Desires
- A Volunteer Academy
- A Field Training Program
- A 90-Day Probationary Period
"We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage minorities and females to apply."
Date of last update: December 10, 2012