VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE (VIPS) PROGRAM
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.
- Be at least 18 years of age or older
- Be of good moral character
- Have no felony convictions
- Be in good physical health
- Ability to volunteer at least 20 hours per month for a one year minimum
- Have basic computer skills
- Have a California driver's license or identification
All volunteers will go through an interview selection process to determine a best match for department needs and available positions. Once selected to move forward, the volunteer must consent to a comprehensive background investigation. The areas of investigation include: Live Scan fingerprinting and a Preemployment Background Questionnaire (PEBQ). Areas of investigation include: employment, education, financial history, driving history, and alcohol and illegal drug use. Currently the application/background process can take two to three months to complete.
Once a candidate has successfully completed the background investigation process, the Chief of Police will make the final approval. This final approval gives the Volunteer Coordinator the go-ahead to assign the volunteer for placement within the Police Department and issue them a City identification and access card.
Complete the LBPD Volunteer Application & Interest Form—we will reach out when a position has opened.
Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Summer Smith at SPP@longbeach.gov or 562-570-7212.