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The City of Long Beach thanks you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. Although we make every effort to accommodate requests to volunteer, we may be unable to place everyone who applies. The number of applicants oftentimes exceeds the number of volunteer opportunities available.

Volunteer applicants must meet the following minimum criteria to be considered for candidacy:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Good moral character
  • No felony convictions 
  • Be in good physical health
  • Have a California driver's license or identification

Ability to volunteer at least 20 hours per month All volunteer applicants must consent to a comprehensive background investigation.  The areas of investigation include: Live Scan fingerprinting, Preemployment Background Questionnaire (PEBQ) and a polygraph.  Areas of investigation include: employment, education, financial history, driving history, and alcohol and illegal drug use. Currently the application/background process can take three months to complete.  

Once a candidate has successfully completed the background investigation process, the Chief of Police will make the final approval.  The final approval by the Chief of Police gives the Volunteer Coordinator the go-ahead to assign the newly appointed volunteer a City identification card and placement in an assignment within the police department.

If you feel you meet the minimum criteria and will consent to the complete background process then please email a letter of interest to the Volunteer Coordinator, LBPDVolunteer@longbeach.gov . Your letter should include why you believe you are a qualified applicant and your area(s) of interest. After receipt and review, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.