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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Volunteer Opportunties


We are currently not accepting volunteer applications at this time.
However the Sunshine Division is always looking for volunteers.


Download: Volunteer Intake Form [PDF]



The purpose of the Portland Police Bureau’s Volunteer Program is to provide support for non-enforcement services throughout the Bureau. Volunteers can and do make a difference in our community. With your help, we are able to provide a higher level of service to the community. This program provides an excellent opportunity for you to become involved with your police department and to make a difference in your community.

Volunteer Mission

Portland Police Bureau Volunteers perform a wide range of non-hazardous duties. Volunteers provide many services for the department, such as research, data entry, filing, scanning & archiving, providing updated supplies in patrol vehicles, victim call backs, car prowl flier missions and much more.

Volunteer Goals

The goals of the Volunteer Program are to augment the Portland Police Bureau operations, by using volunteers to increase the availability of police officers and administrative staff, to satisfy many community needs and promote community awareness.

The volunteers strive to enhance community safety and security by promoting good community relations. The volunteers also provide an invaluable source of experience, energy and time to make their communities safer and a better place to live.

Who Are The Volunteers?

Volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are fully employed elsewhere, some have families, some are single, some are students, and some are retired.

Volunteers help the Police Bureau.

Who May Volunteer?

Anyone over 18 years of age is welcome to apply, with a valid Oregon driver's license.

What Can Volunteers Expect When They Apply?

The applicants can expect to be interviewed, fingerprinted, and have a background check completed. The volunteers may elect to work daytime, afternoon or evening hours during a seven day week.  Most volunteers have a regular schedule, although some may elect to be available "on call" or for special short-term assignments. Help is needed in nearly every area of the Police Bureau.

What Duties Do Volunteers Perform?

Volunteers will have various responsibilities and duties. However, their main function is to perform non-hazardous duties; scanning & archiving documents into TRIM, patrol car trunk clean up/stocking, victim call backs, posting car prowl fliers on vehicles in mall/shopping lots, admin support for positions that have none – management services, fleet, quartermaster, etc, precinct/Division tours, crosswalk stings, scenarios victims, etc.  Volunteers may elect to work in one or more of the following areas:


In-house volunteers will be assigned administrative duties with a few exceptions. They could be assigned to the following Divisions/Units within the Bureau:

  • Precinct 
  • Records Division
  • Personnel Division 
  • Property/Evidence Division
  • Detective Division
  • Management Services
  • Training Division
  • Computer Forensics Unit
  • ID Theft/Fraud Investigation Unit
  • Neighborhood Response Team
  • Tactical Operations Division
  • Traffic Division
  • Youth Services Division
  • Family Services Division

What May A Volunteer Expect To Gain?

  • Make a meaningful difference by helping others
  • Use existing skills and experiences
  • Learn new skills
  • Widen personal range of experience
  • Make new friends
  • Help make your community a better place to live

How Do I Apply?

Download: Volunteer Intake Form [PDF] or pickup an application in person at the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct, SE Substation, North and Central Precincts Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (excluding holidays). 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with the volunteer coordinator, please call 503-823-4839.

Volunteers help the Police Bureau.