Since 1981, the Police Department has relied on volunteers to help with many tasks. Effective crime prevention requires the support of community participation. Volunteers are non-paid, at least 18 years of age, and undergo an extensive background investigation prior to approval. There are several areas within the Department where volunteers assist.
Members in this program perform various duties i.e., fingerprinting, filing, data entry, maintaining alarm reports, sending letters, report copying, vehicle and equipment transport, courier duties, and other assignments at the request of administrative personnel.
Provide unique counseling expertise to handle emotional trauma to police personnel and victims. Chaplain services are used but not limited to officer injuries, serious accidents, crime victims, disasters, and attempted suicides.
College level students who desire a career in law enforcement and who must complete an internship as part of their academic requirements.
Augments the Patrol Division. Reserves must possess state certification which grants them authority to bear arms and make arrests and whose primary responsibility is the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the penal, criminal, traffic, or highway laws under Florida statutes.
Volunteer Citizens Observer Patrol (VCOP)
Formed in July of 2001 and places qualified and trained uniformed volunteers on patrol in specially marked vehicles. VCOPs assist the Patrol Division, freeing paid personnel to perform other necessary duties. Operating as extra eyes and ears for the Department, VCOPs are not vested with any law enforcement authority. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Assist Citizens with Disabled Vehicles
- Direct Traffic at Accident Scenes and During Special City Programs
- Patrolling Neighborhoods or Areas Needing Special Attention
- Performing Vacations Home Checks
- Speed Enforcement Monitoring and Documentation
- Serve as Back-up School Crossing Guards
- Deliver Equipment to Traffic and Crime Scenes
- Recover and Label Found Property
- Obtaining and Updating Business Emergency Cards
- Parking Enforcement
- Foot Patrol
- Assisting in Special Details and Events
- When Requested to Assist Patrol Officers
Training and Experience
All volunteers received training from an experienced employee within their specific unit of assignment. VCOPs are required to attend a 40 hours of classroom instruction followed by 32 hours with a Field Training Officer.
View and download the Melbourne Police Department Volunteer Application.
For More Information
Contact Christina Brainard: Christina.Brainard@mlbfl.org