Becoming an MPD Volunteer
One of the best ways to make a positive impact on the community is to serve in the MPD Volunteer Corps.
The Volunteer Corps provides members of the Washington, DC community opportunities to assist with MPD’s daily operations. MPD benefits from the skills and abilities of our volunteers, while increasing their exposure to police operations, and save money for the city. Volunteers serve as knowledgeable ambassadors to and of the communities they represent and strengthen the Department's community relationships. Specialized opportunities also exist in the Volunteer Corps, such as being a Domestic Violence Liaison or part of MPD’s Chaplain Corps.
- Have attended the MPD Community Engagement Academy, which you can sign up for here.
- Be 18 years of age or older (or 16/17 years of age with parental consent).
- Be willing to serve as a volunteer (unpaid) member of the Department.
- Have obtained a high school diploma, high school diploma equivalent or be currently enrolled in school.
- Live within the DC Metropolitan Area.
- Be able to pass a background check and fingerprinting.
- Be willing to work a minimum 2-hour tour of duty per scheduled day and no less than 10 hours per month.
- Agree to conditions of work, including maintaining confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and maintaining security appropriate to the duties assigned.
- Abide by the rules and regulations applicable to all employees of MPD.
- Undergo an initial 10-hour training, followed by any training required by their placement.
Interested individuals should start their application by completing an online interest card for the Community Engagement Academy (CEA). There are three CEA cohorts per year. Upon graduation from the CEA, more information on the application process will be made available to interested participants.
Questions should be directed to [email protected].
Domestic Violence Liaison:
As part of this program, volunteers ride along with patrol officers to provide victims of domestic violence with resources and information provided by DC SAFE. Volunteers receive 30 hours of specialized training provided by DC SAFE and MPD, which is in lieu of attending the MPD Community Engagement Academy. Trained volunteers then sign up for shifts to ride along with patrol officers. When responding to 911 calls for service, including domestic violence calls, volunteers do not act as law enforcement personnel, but rather as liaisons between DC SAFE, MPD and domestic violence victims in need of services.
Apply here to become a Domestic Violence Liaison with the MPD’s Volunteer Corps.
Every day, police officers are faced with difficult decisions, some of which can be traumatic or life-altering. In the event such unfortunate instances occur, it is imperative that our officers know they have someone they can speak to who fully understands their circumstances and the struggle they may be facing, while also remaining emotionally detached enough so as to offer proper guidance and comfort.
The MPD has a long-standing Chaplain Corps to offer assistance, empathy and compassion to its members.
The MPD is currently recruiting clergy members of all faiths and denominations to serve as volunteer chaplains. Chaplain Corps members provide counsel to the MPD members who request their service, visit the MPD members who are sick or injured either at home or in the hospital, attend the funerals of active and retired members, participate in Department events and community outreach and present formal lectures as requested.
Qualifications for appointment as a chaplain include:
- Be an ordained member of the clergy in good standing for at least six years and be endorsed for chaplaincy by a recognized religious denomination.
- Show forth compassion, understanding, and love and easily relate to others.
- Maintain high spiritual and moral standards.
- Be willing and available to respond to any situation where a chaplain’s presence is needed and requested.
- Possess a valid driver’s license.
- Never have been convicted of a criminal offense, nor offenses involving moral turpitude (minor traffic violations are excluded).
Participants must undergo a background check prior to participation. To be considered, please email Monsignor Salvatore at [email protected]
Community Engagement Academy:
Launched in 2015, the Community Engagement Academy allows community members to learn firsthand about police operations. Through this eight-week program, the Department provides participants with a personal view of the positive aspects and challenges that confront officers daily.
During training, participants learn about:
- The recruit training program.
- Common policing scenarios and challenges.
- Juvenile issues and youth investigations.
- Patrol Services and take station tours.
- Specialized policing units (e.g., K-9, bomb squad, harbor patrol).
- The use of force discussion.
- Various policing topics from command staff members.
There are three cohorts of the Community Engagement Academy held annually (Summer, Fall and Spring). Participants must undergo a basic background check prior to participation.
For more information, please complete an online interest card or contact us at:
Salah Czapary, Director
Strategic Engagement Office
Professional Development Bureau
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 727-6587
Community members from all seven police districts have participated in training, tours, discussion and presentations regarding MPD policies, practices and procedures on various police-related issues. Participants also took part in a discussion regarding law enforcement and society in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Please view the below video, Bringing the Lessons Home, where members discuss the impact the experience had on them.
What does the MPD Volunteer Corps do?
The Volunteer Corps provides community members an opportunity to assist with the daily operations of the Metropolitan Police Department. The Department uses the services of volunteers wherever possible to increase community members' exposure to the operations of the Department and to benefit from the skills and abilities they may contribute. Volunteers serve as knowledgeable ambassadors to and of the communities they represent, thus strengthening the Department's community relationships.
What are the expenses associated with service in the MPD Volunteer Corps?
There are no formal expenses to join. All initial application costs are covered by the Department. During training, all required uniform and equipment items are furnished to each member at no cost (except for under garments and boots). Upon graduation from the training academy, there are no further costs. The Department does not reimburse members for travel to and from their duty assignments; however, while on duty the Department covers all costs associated with a member’s volunteer service.
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