The DC Metropolitan Police Department is looking to bring DC residents onboard as volunteers to both expose residents to the operations of the police department, and to get the benefit of the diverse skills and expertise available in the District. It's called the Citizen Volunteer Corps.
Here's their official release:
It is the policy of MPD to utilize the services of volunteers wherever possible to increase citizens’ exposure to the operations of the Department and to benefit from the skills and abilities they may contribute. Volunteers serve as knowledgeable ‘ambassadors’ to the communities they represent, thus strengthening the Department’s relationships.
To participate in the Citizen Volunteer Corps, applicants shall:
- Be 18 years of age or older or at least 16 years old through a qualified program with parental consent, have a high school education or the equivalent, live within the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area, and have no criminal record, excluding minor traffic violations.
- Have skills needed and identified by the Department, and be assigned work which they are capable of performing based upon training and experience.
- NOTE: Some assignments may require the volunteer to meet certain job-specific prerequisites (e.g., Police Chaplain) as determined by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.
- Be willing to work a minimum two hour shifts per scheduled day and no less than 10 hours per month.
- Maintain a level of confidentiality in sensitive assignment areas; and abide by the rules and regulations required of all employees of the Metropolitan Police Department.
- Complete an online application (D.C. Form 2000) and submit it electronically.
All applications shall be carefully screened, and applicants shall be subject to a background investigation. Applicants may be required to submit to a polygraph examination dependent upon the nature of their placement within the volunteer program.
For more information visit mpdc.dc.gov
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