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Volunteers in Policing Program

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Have time and talent to share?  We need you!

Police & Fire FacilityThe Manhattan Beach Police "Volunteers in Policing" are a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist Police Department with non-enforcement duties and value-added services that allow Officers to focus on crime reduction.

Volunteers will acquire a working knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and become proficient in the specific requirements of the activity for which they have volunteered.

The mission of the Volunteers in Policing program is to serve as a support service to the Manhattan Beach Police Department, enhancing the effectiveness of community policing through the provision of administrative and support services.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Contribute to positive communications between your community and law enforcement as a team member.
  • Assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime.
  • Have the opportunity to become friends with outstanding members of the community.
  • Gain valuable work experience.
  • Take pride in knowing you are part of the solution in crime reduction!

Positions Available
Volunteers can select a field suitable to their interests:


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Drivers License
  • Good driving record
  • No felony convictions
  • Current U.S. citizen
  • Pass background check


  • Good people skills
  • Work in an environment where confidentiality is critical
  • Participate in team meetings and training opportunities 
  • Present a professional appearance at all times
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Manhattan Beach resident (exceptions for Reserve Officers and Explorers)

Police volunteers may receive training in but not limited to:

  • Orientation and Organization
  • Crime Prevention
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Introduction to Law
  • Driver Awareness
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Traffic Control
  • Radio Communications

Volunteers must complete the Community Police Academy, as well as one ride-along with a Patrol Officer as part of the training program.

Interested?  Download the Volunteer Brochure and Interest Form (PDF). 

For more information, please call the Community Affairs Officer at (310) 802-5186.

If you're between the ages of 14 - 21,
there is a special program for you! 
Check out our
Police Exploring Program.