Volunteers on patrol for the Melbourne, Florida, Police Department

The Melbourne Police Department offers individuals a challenging opportunity to be of service to their community as a Police Reserve.

As a reserve officer, you will assist the regular members of the department in the fulfillment of its mission "to protect and to serve".

When you become a police reserve officer, experienced officers will train you for law enforcement service. This training meets the standards established by FDLE for both regular and reserve officers.

The Melbourne Police Department furnishes all uniforms and safety equipment to its officers. You will be required to perform a minimum of twenty hours of duty a month, which includes training and meetings.


Volunteers in Partnership
Since 1981, the Melbourne Police Department has relied on volunteers to help with our many tasks. Effective crime prevention requires the support of a partnership between the police department and the community.

The Melbourne Police Department is proud to have a volunteer workforce that helps form that partnership, and works with the department to improve the quality of life for residents. Volunteers work in a variety of assignments including clerical assistance, telephone contacts, vehicle transport, and data input. commendations, recommendations, questions, and complaints.

Volunteer Citizens Observance Patrol (V-COP)
As an extension of the Volunteer in Partnership Program, the Volunteer Observance Patrol assists the Melbourne Police Department by improving the quality of life in the community.  V-COPs form a mutual partnership with officers and employees to supplement the department’s Patrol Division.  This program places trained and qualified volunteers in specially marked vehicles to perform duties such as: V-COPs are trained volunteers only, and are not vested with any law enforcement authority. V-COPs DO NOT have arrest power.
V-COPs attend a forty-hour training program facilitated by the Melbourne Police Department.  The V-COP candidate will complete all aspects of the training as indicated on the program check sheet before being granted a certificate of completion.

VIP and V-COP volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to donate 12 hours a month.  Information about the V-COP program and volunteer opportunities are available from MPD at 321- 608-6336. Application forms are available online.
Dial 911 for
MPD provides 24-hour, toll-free voice and TDD telephone access for emergency calls for service.

For non-emergencies, please call (321) 608-6731.
The Melbourne Police Department currently offers a Student Internship Program (non-paying) to college students desiring to pursue a career in law enforcement and who must complete an internship as part of their academic requirements. Applicants must be:
  • Attending an accredited college or university
  • Be enrolled in a criminal Justice Program or program related to the Criminal Justice field.
  • A Junior or Senior with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Internship is required for graduation
  • A letter from the college or university detailing their policy on participation in an internship program.
  • 18 years of age and must complete Volunteer background check.

PLEASE NOTE: Persons who apply for volunteer assignments in order to fulfill a school requirement or community service requirement of less than 40 hours total will not be accepted into the Volunteer Program.   Students seeking student internships less than 40 hours in duration will not be considered.

For information call 321-608-6336.