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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Park Police - Volunteer Program

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Interested in Volunteering?

Our volunteers are an integral part of our agency. In cooperation with our volunteers, we are able to provide a safe and crime free environment for users of our trails, parks, and recreation facilities. The Volunteer Patrol consists of community members who travel the parks by car, bike, and horse to watch for and report violations and concerns. Volunteers assist in investigative, administrative, and community service functions. Park Police volunteers also assist at community events such as Police Awareness Day, Montgomery County Fair, etc. Such assistance may consist of traffic direction, dispensing information, public relations, etc.

Volunteer Qualifications

To qualify to be a Park Police Volunteer, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 18 years of age (21 for horse-mounted).
  • Successfully complete a background investigation, including criminal history and driving license check.
  • Be able to donate at least 60 hours a year.
  • Be able to follow procedures accurately and responsibly.

Volunteer Training

A well-trained volunteer workforce is a priority to our division. Our volunteers attend a Volunteer Academy. The Academy provides an orientation to the volunteer program as well as the specific duties, responsibilities, and limitations of the position. Upon successful completion of the Academy, new volunteers are paired with experienced volunteers for a field training program. Trainees are continuously monitored and evaluated periodically.

Volunteer Application Process

The application process consists of the following:

  • A Thorough Background Investigation
  • An Interview to Determine Skills, Abilities, and Desires
  • A Volunteer Academy
  • A Field Training Program

We are an equal employment opportunity employer and encourage minorities and females to apply.