If you're interested in making a difference in your community while gaining a valuable experience, become a member of the Peoria Police Department's Volunteer Program.
With a philosophy of community oriented policing, the Department recognizes the contribution volunteers can make and encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels and in all appropriate activities.
The mission of the Volunteer Program has two components. The Department will provide a rewarding experience to citizens with a desire to share their time and talents to better their community. Secondly, the program will provide, through the use of volunteers, quality and cost-effective delivery of services which further the mission of the Department to improve the quality of life in our city.
In 2007, 20 different volunteers contributed a total of 5,955 hours of service to the Police Department and the citizens of Peoria. When calculated at entry-level salaries for the areas in which they work, these hours are equivalent to $104,519.00 in added value to the city.
In addition to their regular assignments, volunteers helped with a variety of special community events and projects, including GAIN (Getting Involved in Neighborhoods), vacation watches, keeping department vehicles fueled and cleaned, conducting department tours, assisting with public safety events and presentations, and participating as role players in department training, among other assignments.