Paradise Valley Police Department seeks volunteers

The Paradise Valley Police Department is seeking to fill six volunteer openings, according to a press release.

Volunteers act as the eyes and ears for the uniformed officers while patrolling throughout the Town of Paradise Valley, and can also assist with vacation watch checks, administrative functions helping the office staff and assist at town events.

Bill Harrington

Bill Harrington

During emergencies, volunteers are asked to direct traffic and assist with fire and accidents working closely with the on duty patrol staff, the release states.

Each candidate needs the ability to commit to eight hours as a monthly minimum. Police volunteers patrol throughout Paradise Valley in designated police vehicles with another volunteer. Volunteers work in teams for safety reasons, usually for two to four hours per shift.

In order to join the PVPD volunteer program each candidate must be 21 years of age, have a valid Arizona driver’s license, be in good physical and mental health and cannot have a criminal history. Extensive background checks are required of all volunteers. Department officials say they are looking for people with excellent driving skills and demonstrated sound, mature judgment.

Training is extensive for safety purposes. Training activities include classroom sessions, online training, and required ride-a-longs with uniformed officers. Candidates must also pass 20 hours of volunteer assisted training. Police officials say training is based on learning by doing.

If this high level of sincere public volunteering is of interest, please stop by PVPD headquarters to pick up an application. After completion and review of this application, volunteer candidates can plan on a one to two hour ride to firsthand observe the opportunities and demands of this position.

Once the application is completed, Paradise Valley Police Volunteer Chairperson Bill Harrington will be in touch.

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