Apply for the Police Volunteer & Neighborhood Services Program

The Grand Rapids Police Department is offering an excellent opportunity for local residents to invest their time in a very unique volunteer program.

Members of the Volunteer & Neighborhood Services Program will help the GRPD by delivering critical services to our neighborhoods and relieving police officers of duties that are unrelated to crime.

Online Form

Make sure you're eligible to apply

The minimum qualifications for appointment to the Volunteer & Neighborhood Services Program are:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Good Health
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Possession of a valid Michigan Driver's License
  • Successful completion of the background Investigation
  • Willingness to serve others

Review the program requirements

  • Volunteers will respond to requests for neighborhood services or other support duties in the department.
  • Volunteers will be paired up and assigned to one of the five patrol service areas in the city.
  • Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of eight (8) hours every month, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays.  Some weekend hours are available.
  • Volunteers will be issued uniforms, which can easily be identified by the public, and each shift volunteers are assigned to vehicles that are identified by the "Neighborhood Services" logo.

Apply to participate in the program

Apply Online

Review the services you'll provide as a volunteer

Under direct supervision of the GRPD and the Volunteer Program Coordinator, volunteers will provide the following services to our community:

  • Observe and report suspected criminal activity
  • Report City Ordinance violations
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with medical, nutritional, counseling referrals
  • Enforce handicap zone parking violations
  • Work with neighborhood associations
  • Report hazardous conditions
  • Assist with abandoned vehicles
  • Conduct vacation house checks
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Other duties designed to help our neighborhoods and the GRPD

We'll review your application

We'll notify you once we have reviewed your application. You will get an invite to interview for acceptance into the program.

Paper Form

Make sure you're eligible to apply

The minimum qualifications for appointment to the Volunteer & Neighborhood Services Program are:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Good Health
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Possession of a valid Michigan Driver's License
  • Successful completion of the background Investigation
  • Willingness to serve others

Review the program requirements

  • Volunteers will respond to requests for neighborhood services or other support duties in the department.
  • Volunteers will be paired up and assigned to one of the five patrol service areas in the city.
  • Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of eight (8) hours every month, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays.  Some weekend hours are available.
  • Volunteers will be issued uniforms, which can easily be identified by the public, and each shift volunteers are assigned to vehicles that are identified by the "Neighborhood Services" logo.

Fill out the paper application

Print and complete the paper application.

Download in English(PDF, 362KB)

Mail, email, or drop off your completed application

Our information is in the Contact Us section of this page.

Review the services you'll provide as a volunteer

Under direct supervision of the GRPD and the Volunteer Program Coordinator, volunteers will provide the following services to our community:

  • Observe and report suspected criminal activity
  • Report City Ordinance violations
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with medical, nutritional, counseling referrals
  • Enforce handicap zone parking violations
  • Work with neighborhood associations
  • Report hazardous conditions
  • Assist with abandoned vehicles
  • Conduct vacation house checks
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Other duties designed to help our neighborhoods and the GRPD

We'll review your application

We'll notify you once we have reviewed your application. You will get an invite to interview for acceptance into the program.

Phone

We don't accept applications for this program over the phone

You can apply online or in person at the Police Department. If you have questions you can find our phone number and address in the Contact Us section of this page. We're happy to help you submit your application!

In Person

Make sure you're eligible to apply

The minimum qualifications for appointment to the Volunteer & Neighborhood Services Program are:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Good Health
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Possession of a valid Michigan Driver's License
  • Successful completion of the background Investigation
  • Willingness to serve others

Review the program requirements

  • Volunteers will respond to requests for neighborhood services or other support duties in the department.
  • Volunteers will be paired up and assigned to one of the five patrol service areas in the city.
  • Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of eight (8) hours every month, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays.  Some weekend hours are available.
  • Volunteers will be issued uniforms, which can easily be identified by the public, and each shift volunteers are assigned to vehicles that are identified by the "Neighborhood Services" logo.

Come to the Police Department to apply

Visit us in downtown Grand Rapids to apply for the program. We'll get you an application and help you as needed.

Police Department

1 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Review the services you'll provide as a volunteer

Under direct supervision of the GRPD and the Volunteer Program Coordinator, volunteers will provide the following services to our community:

  • Observe and report suspected criminal activity
  • Report City Ordinance violations
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program
  • Assist disabled or elderly residents with medical, nutritional, counseling referrals
  • Enforce handicap zone parking violations
  • Work with neighborhood associations
  • Report hazardous conditions
  • Assist with abandoned vehicles
  • Conduct vacation house checks
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Other duties designed to help our neighborhoods and the GRPD

We'll review your application

We'll notify you once we have reviewed your application. You will get an invite to interview for acceptance into the program.