City of Concord, California

Volunteers in Police Service

V.I.P.S. Links


Effective crime prevention requires the active support of citizens - a partnership of the police department and the community. V.I.P.S. stands for Volunteers in Police Service. These dedicated men and women volunteer their time and services to help make the City of Concord a safer place to live and work. In doing so, a partnership is formed that is the foundation to the department's Community Oriented Policing philosophy.

Every year the Concord Police Department experiences an increase in requests for services from the citizens of Concord. Many of the requests deal with subjects that are non-criminal in nature, or involve a miscellaneous service. The Department's ability to respond to these requests, using sworn officers as the responders, is limited. Sworn officers are primarily directed towards emergency response, investigation of major crimes, and calls for services that require powers of arrest. As a result, the need for volunteers continues to grow so that we may free the sworn officer for higher priority tasks while attempting to provide additional community services.

Application Process

  • Application - Interview - Background Check - Fingerprints - Orientation

How to Apply

  • Complete a Volunteer Application
  • Send to: Volunteer and Emergency Services Coordinator
    Concord Police Department. 1350 Galindo St. Concord, CA 94520
  • If you need a copy sent to you, just call our office at (925) 671-3184.

Concord Volunteers Received National Recognition

The International Association of chiefs of Police, the world's oldest and largest non-profit membership organization of police executives, with over 19,000 members in 89 countries, honored the Concord Police Volunteer Program with one of two awards for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs for 2004.

V.I.P.S. Opportunities

Neighborhood Patrol
Vacation house checks performed by volunteers! In addition, neighborhood patrol members tag abandoned vehicles, handicapped parking violators, direct traffic, are certified emergency first responders, perform home security surveys, radar traffic, and many other special tasks. You will wear a distinctive uniform and drive a specifically marked vehicle, complete with police radio and mobile computer. Special training is provided for this exciting volunteer position.

Neighborhood Watch
Working together, we are making a difference!
Neighborhoods want help in learning how to protect themselves and their property. You can help by volunteering to teach them how to protect themselves and their neighbors through Neighborhood Watch.

You would conduct the first informational "Neighborhood Watch Group" meeting. Strong public speaking skills required.

Concord Auxiliary Radio Emergency Service (CARES)
The City of Concord has established a volunteer auxiliary communications group working under the City's Emergency Management program and invites all interested Amateur Radio Operators to participate in the Concord Auxilary Radio Emergency Service (CARES) program in our community.

If you own radio equipment and would like to participate in this type of program, please email

Pre-School Safety Program
As a Concord Police Department volunteer, you can influence pre-school children to establish safety awareness early in their lives. Use pre-approved visual aids and lesson plans that include traffic safety, stranger safety, home safety and appropriate use of 911.

Become a Concord Police Department volunteer tour guide and usher groups through this $18 million state-of-the-art facility. Highlighted areas are the Records Bureau, Jail, Communications Center, Briefing Room, and police cars.

Special Events
The police department sponsors many community-wide special events each year and they need your hel

Street Fairs, Neighborhood Events, Block Parties
Represent the Concord Police Department at various community-wide events and functions. Greet people, hand out literature, answer questions. Good public relations position.

Oral Board
Participate as one of three members of a personnel board to select candidates for open police positions.

Administrative Duties
Positions such as statistical data entry (burglary crimes, crime scene data, program updates), fingerprinting, microfilming, filing and more. Additional training will be provided as necessary.

Library Assistant
Maintain the Concord Police Department Library, process and locate new materials as they arrive, re-file documents and research new information

Records Bureau
File highly confidential case records and reports. Purge and Microfilm old records.

Computer Entry
Enters confidential information in the Concord Police Department databases. Perform routine information and statistics data entry.

Administrative Tasks
Assist administrative staff in various tasks such as filing, data entry, phone answering, miscellaneous clerical duties.

Traffic Bureau
Process criminal and traffic subpoenas and assist the Community Service Officer in administering bureau activities. This may include towed and abandoned vehicles processing, statistics, filing, and scheduling. Review written citizen appeals of a citation and render disposition decisions and complete related reporting. Conduct in-person hearing with registered owners of vehicles who have appealed the towing and 30-day impound of their vehicles. Render decision and complete related reporting.

Crime Scene Investigation
Assist with duties such as filing of fingerprints, reports and data entry.

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