San Diego Police Department Volunteer Opportunities Information: (619) 446-1010

Volunteers In Policing (V.I.P.)

Minimum Age: 18
Court Referrals: No

Volunteers must pass a Police Background. (No persons with felony or misdemeanor convictions are eligible.)

Area Station V.I.P.s
Assist area station by conducting follow up research, verify reports, telephone calls of witnesses and victims; complete police crime reports; answering phones, filing and other office tasks.

Telephone Report Unit V.I.P.s
Take police reports over the phone of minor and "no suspect" crimes, ensure proper elements of crime type exist.

Qualifications: All applicants must pass a Police Background process.

Time Commitment: Mostly weekdays; 12 hours a month, with a 6 month commitment.

Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.)

Minimum Age: 50
Court Referrals: No

Volunteers must pass Police background check. (No persons with felony convictions or currently on probation accepted.)

Assist Area Stations in providing an increased level of crime prevention programs within specific geographic boundaries by providing additional resources to Department; perform vacation house checks, You Are Not Alone checks; and promote community awareness.

Qualifications: 50 years of age or older; interest in working with law enforcement officers; effective oral and written communication skills; reliable and trustworthy with confidential information; in good health; valid California Driver's License. Time Commitment: Three 8-hour shifts/month.

For more information, contact Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) at (619) 446-1016.

Crisis Intervention

Minimum Age: 21
Court Referrals: No

Volunteers must pass Police Background (No persons with felony convictions or currently on probation are eligible.)

Crisis Intervention Volunteer

Assist police by responding to scenes to assist citizens who have been affected by a crime or other critical incident. Provide emotional and logistical support, referrals, resources.

Qualifications: 21 years or older; communicate well with people; good driving record; valid CA drivers license; personal vehicle with insurance.

Time Commitment: Twenty “On-Call” hours per month. Attend monthly training meeting(s). Must be able to commit to 1 year involvement with the program.

For more information, contact Crisis Intervention at (619) 446-1014 or request information via e-mail at: [email protected]


Reserves work in the same capacity as full-time police officers.

Minimum Age: 21
Court Referrals: No

Reserves must possess a current POST Level I certificate and pass the Police Background.  (No persons with felony convictions or currently on probation accepted.)

Qualifications: Must undergo the same hiring process as full-time officers and upon selection, successfully complete 400 hours of training with a Field Training Officer.

Time Commitment: At least 20 hours/month, attend Regional Officer Training, and Reserve Unit Meetings.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (619) 446-1014.

STAR/PAL Youth Program (Sports Training, Academics & Recreation / Police Athletic League)

Location: 4110 54th Street, Colina del Sol Park
Minimum Age: 18
Court Referrals: No

(No persons with felony or misdemeanor convictions are eligible.)

Provide homework assistance and some remedial help to students studying in City or County branch libraries at various locations.

Qualifications: Patient; flexible; enjoys working with children; dependable.

Time Commitment: 1-2 days/week; 1+ hours/day; late afternoons.

Assist with youth athletic or recreational activities, including score keeping, judging, timing, umpiring, set up/take down, food service, etc. May include football, track & field, soccer, basketball, swimming, fishing, math olympiads, etc.

Qualifications: Enjoys working with youth; knowledge of sports and rules where needed.

Time Commitment: Weekends; 4 hours/event or duration of event.

SD Family Justice Center Volunteer

Minimum Age: 18
Court Referrals: No

Volunteers must pass a City of San Diego Personnel Dept. background.
(No persons with felony or misdemeanor convictions are eligible)

  • Administrative support ? projects that need to be completed for the FJC which involve clerical support and other assignments for staff;
  • Children's room ? supervising and engaging in activities with children in the children's room which offers books, toys and games, and children's videos;
  • Interpreters ? assist with translating for clients (our greatest need is for Spanish language interpreters but all languages are welcome);
  • Reception area ? assist at our front desk welcoming clients, checking clients in, answering the phones, making copies and distributing mail;
  • Special projects ? special events, grant writing, fundraising events, public relations and planning of community events.

Our center is open Monday ? Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We require a minimum of 16 hours per month in four hour increments. We require the volunteer to make a nine month commitment as a volunteer here. It is absolutely acceptable if volunteers wish to work longer hours or stay longer than nine months.