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Volunteer Opportunities
The Mission of the Charleston Police Department Volunteers is to support the department by providing non-enforcement services that allow sworn Officers to focus on their primary mission of Crime Prevention and Enforcement of the state and city laws.

Why become a volunteer?
  • Contribute to positive communications between your community and law enforcement as a team member.
  • To assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime in Charleston.
  • To meet new people in varied settings.
  • To gain valuable work experience.
  • To take pride in knowing you are part of the solution in crime reduction!

Interested individuals are invited to complete and turn in the CPD Volunteer Application.  You may drop-off, FAX, or mail your application to the Police Department.

Positions Available:
  • Administrative/Investigative Support
  • Technical Services
  • Bicycle Patrol 
  • Community Outreach

The Charleston Police Volunteers are a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist Police with non-enforcement duties and value added services that allow Officers to focus on crime reduction.

Members do not take enforcement action, carry weapons, or make arrests.

Volunteers will receive training in but not limited to: 

    • Orientation and Organization 
    • Crime Prevention 
    • CPR and First Aid 
    • Introduction to Law 
    • Driver Awareness 
    • Patrol Procedures 
    • Traffic Control 
    • Radio Communications 
    • Basic Report Writing

Volunteers also complete one ride-along with a Patrol Officer as part of the training program.

Interested individuals are invited to schedule a shift with one of our Volunteers to see if this is for you!

    • 18 years of age or older 
    • Good moral character 
    • Good driving record 
    • No felony convictions 
    • Current U.S. citizen 
    • Pass background check 
    • Have valid Drivers License 


    • Good people skills 
    • Wear approved uniform (provided) 
    • Attend monthly meetings 
    • Volunteer at least 16 hours per month 
    • Maintain a positive attitude 
    • Enjoy your time 
    • Present a professional appearance at all times