Lowell Police Department Volunteer Program
“Volunteers Make a Difference”
In an effort to increase citizen participation and integration into the Lowell Police Department community policing initiatives, a formalized volunteer program has been in place since 1996. The goal of the LPD Volunteer Program is to provide residents, as well as students seeking practicum experience, opportunities to make a difference in their community.
Our volunteers are seen as definite factors in providing a quality service to the community as well as enhancing the problem solving efforts of the police and community groups tackling neighborhood problems. Volunteers help extend and expand the scope of existing positions by providing skills, experience, new ideas, objective viewpoints and much needed additional staffing. The LPD recognizes that volunteers enhance our existing work force and promote a closer relationship between the community and the police department. We are honored to include our volunteers in our community-policing model.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I become a volunteer with the Lowell Police Department?
The first step is to request a Volunteer Application by calling the Volunteer Coordinator at Community Services, (978) 937-3210. Once the Volunteer Coordinator receives the application, references are called, a criminal history check is completed, and the Volunteer Coordinator conducts an interview with the prospective volunteer.
What types of duties do volunteers perform?
Volunteers assist the public as a precinct volunteer, help at city events, supplement staff in departments at headquarters, and tutor school age children.
Where will I be located?
Our volunteers serve in neighborhood precincts located throughout the city, in the Highlands, Back Central, Belvidere , Lowell Housing Authority sites, as well as the LPD Headquarters.
What is the time commitment?
Students performing practicum are required to volunteer for one semester (9-10 hours per week). Community volunteers are asked to volunteer for a minimum of four hours per week. Most volunteer positions have flexible schedules and the Volunteer Coordinator will work to accommodate individual needs and time constraints.
For further information about the LPD Volunteer Program and volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Community Services (978) 937-3210.