There are currently volunteers from 18 to 95 years of age performing a variety of functions for the Tucson Police Department. Volunteers of all backgrounds, interests, and skill levels make up the Police Assist Group (PAG), which started in 1977. Volunteer opportunities exist in both patrol services and support services.
Volunteers 21 years or older are trained to direct traffic, cite City Code parking violations, search for missing persons, respond to emergency callouts and assist with special events. These volunteers wear a uniform and work in the field with a partner. Following training, volunteers are required to work a minimum of eight hours per month in patrol, and to respond to emergency callouts and work special events.
Volunteers 18 years or older work in most of the divisions in Department, contributing their skills in Fingerprinting, Identification, Fleet Services, Human Resources, Burglary, DUI Task Force, and PAG Administration, just to name a few.
Patrol Service trainees receive 10 to 12 hours of classroom training per week for approximately eight weeks, followed by 40 hours of field training.
All volunteers attend an orientation and receive training to perform the work required. Support Services volunteers attend some classes and receive on-the-job training.
A commitment of eight work hours per month, plus Emergency Service callouts and special events, is required for Patrol Service volunteers.
After training, volunteers are required to work 8 hours per month.
The application process includes a background check and polygraph test. Applicants will need to produce a current Arizona drivers license and a copy of their birth certificate at the time of the interview.
Completed applications may be mailed to :Sgt. Robert Allen