Volunteer Program

The Sierra Vista Police Department has enjoyed an active and supportive volunteer program since 1998.  Citizens with a wide range of experience, and expertise dedicate their time to the Department and help further our mission.

Our Volunteer Program is a member of the nationally recognized Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS), which is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs.  Citizens Corps was created in 2002 by President George W. Bush to help coordinate volunteer activities to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.  It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

Citizens Corps partner programs build on the successful efforts in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies.  Volunteers in Police Service is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs.  The International Chiefs of Police (IACP) manages and implements the VIPS program in partnership with, and on behalf of, the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Our dedicated volunteers assist us in many bureaus such as:  Animal Control, Patrol, Records, Special Operations and Evidence.

If you have extra time and talents and can donate a minimum of 16 hours a month, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Molly Schmitt at (520) 452-7500.  Due to the time and efforts needed to complete background investigations, we ask that interested parties be those who will be living in the area for at least two years. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Current volunteer openings:

1) Animal Control Weekend Kennel Worker:   Provide support by means of cleaning animal kennels at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Center. They are seeking volunteers on weekends. This volunteer position only requires a limited background investigation.

2)  Patrol Volunteer:   Sierra Vista Police Department is seeking volunteers who can assist during the weekdays (Monday through Friday) during daylight hours.  The volunteers perform duties a police officer can do but don’t involve an official police report or immediate danger, such as:
– Responding to disabled vehicles, traffic hazards, motorist assists, and written warning for handicap parking violations
-Vacation house checks and home safety inspections
-Bike registrations
-Crowd control at events such as large fires and/or critical police incidents
-Private property car accidents
-Graffiti calls for service
-Found property
-MedReturn Box maintenance
-Public fingerprinting
-Barking dog calls
-Snake removal
-Distribution of paperwork to certain law enforcement agencies or court related buildings in Sierra Vista, Bisbee, or other locations as needed.

Both of these positions require a full background investigation which can take up to three months to complete.  Applicants must be living in the Sierra Vista area until at least 2019 due to the time/cost to conduct the backgrounds, training, uniforms, workman’s comp coverage etc. Also, both positions require at least a 16-hour per month commitment on a consistent basis.

*Volunteer must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and stand for extended amounts of time. Other pre-screening criteria will be discussed at the time of inquiry.

All of the Police Department volunteer positions, except Kennel Workers, require a full background investigation which can take up to three months to complete.  Applicants must be living in the Sierra Vista area for at least two years due to the time/cost to conduct the backgrounds, training, uniforms, workman’s comp coverage etc. Also, both positions require at least a 16-hour per month commitment on a consistent basis.