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

All Volunteer applicants are subject to either a limited or full background investigation, depending on the position. Applicants must be living in the greater Sierra Vista area and be able to make at least a two year commitment to the Police Department due to the time and cost invested by the Department to conduct background checks and training. Most positions require a 16 hour per month commitment.

For more information regarding Animal Control volunteer opportunities, email cora.knippel@nullsierravistaaz.gov or call (520) 458-4151.

For information regarding all other police volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Lilly Perry at (520) 452-7500 or email SVPDjobs@nullsierravistaAZ.gov to learn more.

Download a police volunteer application

Current volunteer openings:

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.

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.

Records Bureau Volunteer: Provide support during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm) to the Records Bureau staff by performing a variety of general clerical duties including typing and filing a variety of documents, and assist in data input and retrieval. This position requires the ability to operate a variety of office equipment, understand and carry out oral and written instructions, and communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

Fingerprint Technician: Performs non-criminal fingerprinting functions in support of the department which provides fingerprint service to the public between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers will be trained to take fingerprints using standard accepted FBI techniques. Qualified volunteers must be able to work closely with the public, and must be able to ensure accuracy and completeness of information on the fingerprint cards

*Patrol volunteers 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.