Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Officer Celestine Ratliff
601 E. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
CMPD volunteers work in many different areas of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Their tasks are as varied as their talents and training. Volunteers are trained to enforce the accessible parking and fire lane ordinances of our county, complete data entry and administrative assignments as assigned, provide retail support in our Gift Shop, and provide support in our division offices. Still others assist with translation and interpreting skills as needed and the distribution of crime prevention materials. Approximately half of our volunteers assist the Animal Care and Control Bureau in all facets of shelter operation and animal care. If you're at least 18 years old, (no maximum age specified), successfully pass a background check, fingerprint check and drug test we have lots for you to do!
One of the most involved programs within the Volunteer Unit is our Citizens on Patrol Program. This program provides the unique opportunity for citizens to actively assist police officers by providing valuable support on situations that do not require a sworn officer. This enables the officers to perform their daily duties in a more efficient manner. Citizens on Patrol volunteers wear special uniforms and drive specially-marked CMPD vehicles that clearly identify them as volunteers. They do not have powers of arrest nor do they carry weapons. Citizens on Patrol volunteers can assist with disabled vehicles, pick up and process found property, assist with special events, direct traffic at vehicle collisions, and enforce handicapped and fire lane parking violations. Citizens on Patrol volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. Interested applicants must submit to a reference and background check, including fingerprints, drug test, and polygraph examination.
Other volunteer opportunities include Bilingual Volunteer Unit, Crime Scene Unit volunteers, Lake Patrol volunteers, Cold Case Review Team, Gang of One volunteers and many other interesting volunteer assignments.
Date established: May 1995
Number of volunteers: 590
Hours volunteers contributed last year: 56,000
Last updated: 9/14/2012
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