Volunteer Opportunities with the Police Department

The Monterey Park Police Department Community Relations Bureau offers a number of volunteer opportunities. 

Citizen's Patrol
Citizen Patrol is a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers who are the additional eyes and ears of our police department. They do not take enforcement action, carry weapons, or make arrests. More importantly, they support law enforcement efforts by reporting suspicious activity and carrying out other administratively assigned law enforcement duties. The program is designed for the volunteer who has a great interest in making our community safer. Volunteers receive the following training:
  • Orientation and organization
  • Crime prevention classes
  • CPR and first aid
  • Driver’s training
  • Patrol procedures
  • Traffic control
  • Use of police radios
  • Police codes
  • Crossing guard responsibilities
  • Safety procedures
  • Officer demeanor
Applicant Qualifications & Requirements
  • Oral Interview
  • Background check
  • Procure signed medical statement regarding fitness
  • 30 years of age or older
  • Good moral character
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • No felony convictions
  • Successful completion of Citizen Patrol Academy
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Volunteer 16 hours or more per month
  • Professionalism
If you are interested in becoming an active member of your community, and you meet the specified qualifications and requirements, please contact the Citizen Patrol Team at 626-307-1417 or the Community Relations Bureau at 626-307-1215.

Explorer Program
The Police Explorer Program provides youths (14-20 years) the opportunity to learn leadership skills, responsibility, discipline, and strengthen self-esteem while being introduced to the field of law enforcement. Police explorers have the opportunity to perform non-hazardous duties such as: Ride-Along, traffic control, evidence collection and serve at community events. For more information, please call the explorer adviser, Officer Gary Sims, at 626-307-1216 or by email
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