The Volunteer Services Section is attached to the Community Services Division and offers a variety of programs to both adults and young people.
Volunteer Services Section Goals
- Supplement and compliment existing citywide programs.
- Extend services and initiate new and innovative programs that could not be otherwise provided.
- Enable the volunteer to gain public awareness of how a public safety agency actually operates.
- Enable the public to provide more input in the development of their community.
- Provide positive opportunities for the volunteers to utilize their talents in a constructive manner while fulfilling some of their own needs.
- Give the volunteer a chance to provide interesting and skilled service to the community.
- Enable the volunteer to gain knowledge, experience, and recognition for future employment.
- Develop a greater understanding and appreciation between police staff and volunteers.
- Give all participants a sense of pride and purpose.
Note: Termination of Volunteer Status: A persons volunteer status may be terminated at any time without reason, without prior notice.
Individuals ages 18 and above volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month to patrol our neighborhoods being the "eyes and ears" of the police department to report suspicious person(s) and/or activity. Prior to acceptance into the program the applicant must apply with the police department, pass a background check and pass a probationary period which includes training in various areas.
Once approved for membership, members may participate in other activities such as:
- Conduct Doppler Radar Speed Surveys
- Conduct Business Security Surveys
- Conduct Residential Security Surveys
- Parking Enforcement
- Assist with Crime Prevention Programs/Event
- Assist Police at Scenes of Crimes, Traffic Crashes, etc.
Parking Enforcement Specialist
After completion of 16 hours of training, participants may enforce local and state parking enforcement laws.
Individuals ages 14 to 21 with an interest in a law enforcement career may apply to join this program. After passing a background check, those youth chosen will take part in various aspects of police training including an Explorer Police Academy. This academy includes considerable physical activity and related discipline.
Note: The Police Explorer program is only for youths interested in a law enforcement career. Those interested must be currently enrolled in school and have an acceptable GPA. The GPA must be maintained throughout participation in the program. This program is not for youths with a criminal history, those with a past involving considerable school discipline, those in need of court ordered community service or for parents looking for a "bootcamp" type of program.
This position requires an interest in performing various clerical functions in the police department including filing, answering telephones, data entry, paper shredding, etc. This position requires a commitment of a minimum of 6 hours per week.
Seniors Vs. Crime
Seniors who on many occasions will not report crimes against them, especially frauds, due to embarrassment or fear of repercussions, now have a safe place to make their complaints known. SVC Sleuths will attempt to resolve the complaint, often while the complainant is still present at the SVC office. Complaints that may be criminal in nature are referred to the proper authorities for investigation. Complaints that are civil in nature may be resolved by the SVC Sleuth, referred to the Office of the Attorney General for investigation or sent to another agency.
SVC Sleuths duties include, interviewing client, recording data, determine if case should be worked, interviews other party to the conflict and mediates solutions.
The North Miami Beach Police Department Seniors Vs. Crime program will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 305-948-2955 to discuss your complaints or make an appointment or you can email us at Seniors Vs. Crime.
Apply to be a Volunteer
To volunteer for the police department, please complete the below application and either deliver or mail the application to the:
North Miami Beach Police Department
Volunteers Services Section
16901 NER 19 Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Once the completed application is received by the police department, please allow approximately 10 working days for an officer to contact you regarding your application.