Police Volunteer Programs
We are dedicated to promoting and ensuring the safety, education, and welfare of all citizens throughout the County, and we do that, in part, through a number of programs that contribute positively to society.
For more information on how you can participate in, or volunteer for, any of the programs listed below, please contact the individual listed within each program.
We welcome and appreciate all opportunities to educate and provide information to future applicants for both sworn and non-sworn positions. Please email us within four to six weeks of the event with the following information:
- Dates and times
- Type of presentation
- Target audience (high school, military, community organization, etc.)
- Title, name, email, and phone number of point of contact
- Any additional information we may need to know
Members of the Citizen Volunteer Program help support Miami-Dade police officers so that they can remain focused on providing efficient police service to the community. Volunteers also help to improve the overall efficiency of the Department and to reduce and solve crime. Volunteers are not utilized to replace sworn or other paid positions within the Miami-Dade Police Department, but rather to enhance the efficiency of the agency.
The program is not designed to allow volunteers to function in a law enforcement capacity or to work in dangerous situations. Volunteers must comply with the Department's observer program requirements.
- To learn more about law enforcement.
- To develop individual job skills.
- To help the community.
- To make new friends and contacts.
- To help the Department fight crime.
Who is qualified to volunteer?
- Anyone 18 years of age or older who submits to a thorough background check.
- All law-abiding citizens of Miami-Dade County who have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. However, certain misdemeanors may be waived.
- Candidates who successfully meet the selection criteria of the Miami-Dade Police Department's Citizens' Volunteer Program application process.
- Individuals who can commit to a minimum of six hours per week, and a minimum of one year of service.
- Anyone who possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
Those selected as members of the Citizen Volunteer Program will work in the districts and bureaus of the Miami-Dade Police Department located throughout the County. This may include Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters in Doral. You may also be selected to work special events. Positions are available primarily during business hours Monday through Friday. Tasks include:
- Clerical support - general office duties
- Data entry duties
- Reception desk assistance
- Special projects
- Volunteer program assistance
- Public Information Officer assistance
If you're interested in becoming a member of the Citizen Volunteer Program, please send an email to the Citizen Volunteer Program Coordinator with your name, phone number, and your reason for wanting to be a part of the program. When your email is received, your information will be entered into an email distribution list. You will then be notified within four to six weeks of an upcoming orientation session.
Answering the Call to Service
Every day, the uniformed men and women representing the Miami-Dade Police Department strive to protect our neighborhoods, reduce crime, and uphold the laws of our community. Since September 11, 2001, the Miami-Dade Police Department has worked even harder to ensure public safety and strengthen our relationship with the citizens we serve. None of this would have been possible without the help of more than 100 citizen volunteers working within our law enforcement agency to assist with important administrative and non-intervention policing activities, helping to free up more officers for their frontline responsibilities.
Nationwide, over 38,000 volunteers are working within over 700 police departments as part of Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS), a key component of President Bush's Citizen Corps initiative created following the September 11th incident to help make our communities safer, stronger, and better equipped to respond to any emergency situation. As part of his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush asked every American to volunteer two years, or 4,000 hours over the course of their lives in service to our communities and our country. He created the USA Freedom Corps to connect millions of Americans to meaningful service opportunities such as VIPS. In our Department alone, volunteers serve valuable roles by assisting with identification and fingerprinting duties, organizing neighborhood watch programs, and helping with important administrative responsibilities.
With greater demands placed on our law enforcement agencies today, these volunteers are absolutely vital to ensure that our officers have the time to focus on their key tasks. Our public safety, in a time of heightened security and new threats depends on it. In the aftermath of September 11, police officers and firefighters are among the leading heroes of young people. If we are going to build a culture of service and citizenship as the USA Freedom Corps is helping to do all across the country, our officers and the citizens that support them, must play leading roles. Fortunately, the Miami-Dade Police Department is doing just that.
The police reserve officer program is currently only available to
retiring Miami-Dade Police Department officers.
Miami-Dade Police Department police reserve officers are certified police officers who choose to work as volunteers in a sworn capacity in a variety of assignments within the Department. The Police Reserve Officer Program encompasses the concept that law enforcement is the responsibility of every citizen and that opportunities should be provided to concerned individuals to serve the community.
There are several reasons why certified police officers may choose to work as volunteer reserve officers. Some do it to maintain their certification in the event a full-time sworn position within the Department or another department becomes available. Some like the variety of assignments and mobility that an agency the size of the Miami-Dade Police Department can provide. Some enjoy serving the public and selflessly giving to their community with the appreciation and gratitude of everyday citizens as the reward for choosing to perform this type of work. Some enjoy the camaraderie and to be a part of the legacy of policing that this profession uniquely offers to its members who serve in a sworn capacity. While the reasons are varied, police reserve officers work alongside full-time officers and are held to the same standards.
We welcome "eligible to be certified officer" police reserve applicants to apply. Interested applicants should email the Police Reserve Officer Program Coordinator to see if applications are currently being accepted.
The following information explains in detail what an officer must do to maintain their certification and what to do if their certification is inactive.
- 11B-27.00212 Maintenance of Officer Certification
- FDLE Online Officer Training and Mandatory Retraining Courses Information
Police reserve officer candidates shall comply with eligibility requirements established for full-time police officers. Former or separating Miami-Dade law enforcement officers who elect to apply for appointment as a police reserve officer shall contact the Police Reserve Officer Program Coordinator. Failure to apply prior to the effective date of retirement shall constitute a break in service and subject the retiree to the selection procedures established by State law and the Department.
At the Director's discretion, sworn employees who retire after 25 or more years of service will not be required to undergo the polygraph examination and the psychological screening evaluation if appointed as a police reserve officer within 90 days of the effective date of retirement. However, if the request to become a police reserve officer is submitted after the effective date of retirement, resulting in the appointment being more than 90 days after the effective date of separation, the applicant will be required to undergo the entire selection process for employment; including the polygraph examination and the psychological evaluation.
Officers must be willing to perform 16 hours of service per month or 48 hours per quarter.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) defines the primary steps below for becoming a certified officer:
- Meet the minimum qualifications
- Complete the required training
- Pass the State Officer Certification Exam
- Become employed as a sworn officer
The Miami-Dade Police Department is currently not processing eligible to be certified (persons who attended a police academy and passed the state certification exam) or lateral officers at this time.
To avoid a conflict of interest, persons within the following categories are not eligible to participate in the Police Reserve Officer Program:
- Persons currently employed as a guard, private detective, security patrolman, or in a similar occupation.
- Members of, or applicants for, other police agencies.
- Employees of County elements which prohibit acceptance of appointment as a police reserve officer.
- Non-departmental members of the criminal justice system; e.g., correctional personnel, prosecutors, and public defenders.
- Judges, court clerks, attorneys in private practice, persons prohibited by law from being deputy sheriffs, and other persons who, at the discretion of the Director, would face an immediate or potential conflict of interest due to the nature of the person's full-time employment.
We are not currently accepting new auxiliary officers.
Miami-Dade Police Department police auxiliary officers are employees of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue who have successfully completed the Special Response Team Basic School. Upon completion, they are temporarily detached to the Miami-Dade Police Department where they attend an auxiliary law enforcement officer training program coordinated by the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute. They are then assigned to the Special Patrol Bureau where they function as tactical medics as part of the Special Response Team Tactical Medic Program.
Police auxiliary officers aid and assist the Special Response Team, while under their direct supervision, and have the authority to perform law enforcement functions.
Police work can place many burdens on police personnel and their families which may require religious counsel and guidance. Clergy who are familiar with the situations and circumstances unique to police work may be better qualified to meet their needs. The Police Chaplain Program is comprised of clergy members who have volunteered to help meet the spiritual and pastoral requests of Miami-Dade Police Department employees and their families by working with them and developing an understanding for the problems they face.
The chaplains will also participate in educating, training, program development, and in religious and other departmental ceremonies. Police chaplains may be requested to accompany officers in operational situations involving public contact where a chaplain's training and background may be of assistance, such as with community unrest.
The Police Explorer Program fosters a positive attitude toward law enforcement for members of our community who range from 14-17 years of age. The Police Explorer Program is designed for youth who want to develop a greater understanding of the Police Officer in society. Police Explorers participate in drug-free activities, interact with sworn and non-sworn members of the law enforcement community, and perform community service at events and law enforcement functions.
If you'd like to be a Police Explorer, or if you would like additional information, please email or call the Police Explorer Program Coordinator.
Watch our "Behind the Silver Badge" episode on the Police Explorer Program:
Each unincorporated Miami-Dade Police District has a Citizen Advisory Committee made up of about 15 citizens. They meet monthly with the command staff of the District at the station. The meeting is open to the public, and any problem requiring special attention can be presented.
Some of the typical issues addressed are:
- Traffic and road problems.
- Illegal vendors.
- Illegal signage.
- Suspected criminal or gang activity.
- Zoning violations, such as multiple families in a single family home
- Requests for special surveillance.
Some meetings have a guest speaker from within the Department or another County department. They also honor the Officer and/or Citizen of the Month. Recent district statistics are presented, as well as information on current situations which should be of special concern to citizens for their own safety.
Please call to reconfirm day, time and location; some do not meet in the summer months. All meetings last no longer than 1.5 hours. Read the operational guidelines.
Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting Schedules and Locations
Hammocks District Station
10000 SW 142nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33186
Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Intracoastal District Station
15665 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33160
First Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the months of January, March, May, September, and November
Kendall District Station
7707 SW 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33183
Last Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
Midwest District Station
2nd Floor Conference Room
9101 NW 25th St.
Doral, FL 33172
First Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. (No meetings in July or August)
Northside District Station
799 NW 81 St.
Miami, FL 33150
Second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. (No meetings in July, August, December, or January)
Northwest District Station
5975 Miami Lakes Drive E.
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.
South District Station
10800 SW 211th St.
Miami, FL 33189
Second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. (Third Monday in October)