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How To Become A Volunteer


There are many ways to serve the community. The Citizen Volunteer Program is an excellent opportunity to join others who are committed to the community that we live in and the police department that serves them.



The Bartow Police Department is always recruiting volunteers and offer several volunteer programs. By joining the Department as a volunteer, you are serving your community and working with our members to maintain the quality of life that we have become so accustomed to in the City of Bartow.


Community-minded persons may apply to volunteer in a variety of capacities, including:


*  Clerical or Office Work

*  Assist the Crime Prevention Unit

*  Train to participate in the Citizens on Patrol Unit



There are many opportunities to volunteer inside the Police Department working in the Records Section or Crime Prevention. In the Records Section you may answer phones and some clerical work. In the Crime Prevention Unit, you may assist the Crime Prevention Practitioner presenting Crime Prevention Programs. 


Download and complete a Volunteer Application today! Vol Patrick Halley



Patrick Halley, pictured (right) has been volunteering his time assisting Administration with a 10-year plan. 







The Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program, which began in 2011, consists of a group of citizens, who regularly patrol the City of Bartow in pairs, in a Citizens on Patrol marked Unit.

Upon completing a 36-hour COP Training Program, the COP volunteer will patrol the city, especially in residential neighborhoods and shopping centers during daylight hours with a COP partner. This provides the city with a more visible presence of law enforcement, while providing community service. The volunteers are trained to recognize and then report suspicious activity.

The COP volunteers routinely drive the COP vehicle in parades, citywide events, and other activities.

If you are interested in becoming a COP Volunteer, please contact the Community Services Coordinator at (863) 534-5034 for more information.


COP Vol David Lane



David and Delores Lane COP Volunteers since 2012 are pictured driving in the Bartow Christmas Parade.  








Mike Butler Reserve Officer

























Reserve Police Officer: These volunteers must have completed Police Standards Training, successfully passed the State Officer Certification Examination and qualify with a firearm.

Reserve Officers may volunteer to work a variety of assignments including a patrol squad, special events, or one of the many parades and festivals throughout the year.

For more information on becoming a Reserve Officer, contact the Patrol Commander at (863) 534-5034.













The Explorer Program is designed for young people between the ages of 14-21 who are interested in law enforcement. The Explorer Post 631 is supervised by Bartow Police Officers and receive training in a variety of areas including: Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Firearms Training, and they participate in Explorer Competitions with other agencies from around the State of Florida.

The Explorer Program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, building leadership qualities by working as a team, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Many of the members eventually choose to enter the law enforcement profession as they mature and continue in the program.

For more information on the Explorer Program, go to Bartow Police Explorers, or call the Patrol Commander at (863) 534-5034.










Last updated: 8/24/2020 3:43:19 PM