Volunteers in Police Services

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Purpose

Volunteers assist the Pinellas Park Police Department employees in solving problems, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life in the community. Volunteers form a mutual partnership with staff employees to supplement City services, freeing the paid staff to perform other necessary duties. The Volunteer Program places volunteers in programs and projects which best utilize their existing skills, talents, and interests while offering rewarding challenges.

Members

Members of the Volunteer Program are selected from citizens of the City of Pinellas Park and surrounding communities. The program was initiated in mid 1999. Volunteers who have met the pre-appointment and training requirements serve in these areas:

  1. Directed Patrol
  2. Foundation
  3. Managerial & Administration
  4. On Call Assignments

Directed Patrol

In directed patrols using specially marked volunteer cars. The volunteers are designated as "patrol volunteers." 

Some of the patrol volunteer duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in parking law enforcement
  • Assisting the Pinellas Park Police Department in special details and events
  • Delivering equipment to traffic and crime scenes
  • Extending the presence of the Pinellas Park Police department in all areas of the city through contacts with the citizens
  • Identifying problem areas in the city.
  • Performing directed patrols for speeding complaints
  • Performing directed patrols in order to obtain data for further police action
  • Performing welfare checks of Pinellas park citizens
  • Picking up and labeling found property
  • Training of new volunteers
  • Transporting victims and witnesses

Mounted Volunteer

The Pinellas Park Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit is made up of specially trained officers that are trained in proper police tactics on horseback. These officers patrol the many horse trails throughout the city, Parkside Mall, and any other areas of the city that may need special assistance from a Mounted Officer.  These officers are often called upon to work annual events like the Christmas parade, Country in the Park, along with numerous other special events throughout the year like National Night Out.  

These officers also help train, and work with civilian riders who make up the volunteer Mounted Patrol.  The Pinellas Park Police Department is currently taking applications for those interested in joining our Volunteer Mounted Patrol. This is an exciting opportunity to work side by side with the men and women of the Pinellas Park Police Department while patrolling on horseback.  

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Sergeant Pohl at 727-369-5816 or via email.

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