Volunteer Program


The Dallas Police Department currently has several volunteer programs.  All volunteers must attend the required training course for the desired program.  Most training classes are offered at the seven substations and usually last between 2 to 12 hours, depending on the program requirements.

Our current programs are:

  • VIP- Volunteers in Patrol: This program is designed to  reduce crime by having citizens patrol their own neighborhoods and reporting any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
  • CHIPS- Citizens Helping in Parking Solutions: Citizens are trained to write parking citations for handicapped parking violations in areas such as local malls or shopping centers.
  • COPS- Citizens Offering Police Support:  This program provides an opportunity for citizens to work hand-in-hand with officers at the substation conducting various office and clerical related tasks. To view volunteer opportunities log onto www.volunteermatch.org. In location the field type in Dallas, Texas and in the keywords field type in Dallas Police Department; then click search.

     Total number of Volunteers for all Volunteer Programs: 13,164
    Total number of Volunteer Hours Year To Date: 10,263.95

  • CWEB-  Crime Watch Executive Board acts as a liaison between members of the community and the Dallas Police Department (DPD). In doing so, this allows for the maximization of the effectiveness of crime prevention efforts by providing support and education.
  • CERT- The Community Emergency Response Team  program is intended to train neighborhood and community-based volunteer teams that will: inform, educate, and train their neighbors on disaster preparedness; assist public safety agencies and local community boards with public events; respond to locally occurring disasters by strictly following CERT protocols, and supporting emergency personnel upon their arrival and at their request; and assist agencies in managing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. http://dallascityhall.com/oem/pdfs/CERT_brochure_english.pdf (link to brochure info)
  • DERT- Dallas Emergency Response Team is a unique public-private partnership created to improve communication between business organizations and public safety departments before a disaster happens. DERT brings together City officials, building owners and managers, security professionals, and other emergency planners from the private and non-profit sectors to deal with the special challenges posed by disasters and emergencies (critical incidents).
  • LEAPS-  Law Enforcement and Private Security  utilizes the additional eyes and ears through the private security industry, the citizens of Dallas are afforded an opportunity to benefit from an additional 15,000 trained security personnel.  Security personnel attend LEAPS workshops which provide them with additional information to help enhance their knowledge in the area of security and crime prevention. http://www.leaps.us/
  • The Dallas Police Reserve Battalion-  If you have always wanted to be a police officer but already have an established career and cannot start over in a new field, an appointment with the Dallas Police Reserve Battalion may be your answer.   As a new applicant you will be expected to attend classes on the weekends and evenings in order to become full TCLEOSE certified Peace Officers.  You will then attend an abbreviated Dallas Police Academy to learn our procedures.  After training you will be joining an elite group committed to making a difference.  The hiring and background standards are the same as full time officers.  If you think that you may have what it takes, please call 214-671-4420.  You may also visit the Dallas Police Department’s Reserve website at dpdreserves.org.


For Information on Volunteer Programs
(214) 671-3015

Confidentiality Agreement

Waiver of Liability

Volunteers Requirements

Volunteer Application