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Volunteer Program

How to Become Involved in the Volunteer Program

At the Newport Beach Police Department, the letters VIP enjoy two distinct meanings:

  1. Volunteers in Policing – A program involving qualified citizens who are interested in enhancing a variety of services provided by the Newport Beach Police Department.

  2. Very Important Person – Is the traditional definition, for the Volunteers are considered Very Important Persons by the entire staff for their selflessness in support of the department and their community.

Volunteer personnel perform:

  • Non-hazardous tasks;

  • Provide assistance in a variety of areas;

  • Including an important public relations role.


Volunteer members are expected to:

  • Work a minimum of 16 hours per month;

  • Schedules are flexible, but generally members serve Monday through Fridays during daylight hours;

  • Occasionally, members will be asked to assist at special events, many of which occur on weekends and/or in the evenings;

  • Special arrangements can be made for those whose daytime schedules preclude normal volunteer hours.

Those interested in becoming a VIP:

  1. Must attend the Citizens’ Police Academy. A 12-session course designed to familiarize citizens with the full scope of their nationally respected police department;

  2. Live or work in Newport Beach;

  3. Minimum age of 21 years;

  4. No felony convictions, outstanding warrants, or pending criminal cases;

  5. Must complete an Application and return it to the Community Relations Office.

 For further information please call the Newport Beach Police Department Community Relations Office at 949-644-3662 or jmanzella@nbpd.org.

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