FPPD employees are proud to serve alongside over 100 volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours of service each year. Volunteers represent a broad range of ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. Through their dedicated service, volunteers reflect the quality that is representative of the people of Fort Pierce and the FPPD. In turn, the Department recognizes the valuable assistance that volunteers provide, and considers them as an integral part of the FPPD team.
One of the most important aspects of the FPPD volunteer program is the diversity of responsibilities that volunteers undertake on a daily basis. Volunteers create and maintain a delicate balance in the Department by providing essential services in both sworn and civilian-related duties. In this way, volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.
In the spirit of community policing, community members and officers join together to design volunteer opportunities throughout the city. The following list represents a sample of the variety of programs that are open to volunteer involvement. Actual volunteer programs may differ, depending upon the needs of the community.
- Police Athletic League
- Citizens on Patrol
- Detective Assistance
- Recruiting Assistance
- Various Clerical Duties
In addition, FPPD provides opportunities for college/high school students interested in working in unpaid intern/volunteer positions.
The FPPD has developed unpaid internship programs with local universities and colleges such as:
- Indian River State College
- Keiser University
Students from these colleges who are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program may perform a one- or two-term internship at Fort Pierce Police Department Main Station, learning about administrative functions and basic detective techniques. In most cases they work in the Criminal Investigations Division.
This program has been a positive experience for the students as well as the detective personnel who have had the opportunity to work with them
How to Become a Volunteer or Intern
For information on volunteer opportunities with the FPPD, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the FPPD Main Station. The volunteer coordinator will provide information regarding current volunteer opportunities as well as the application process. All applicants are required to be fingerprinted as part of FPPD background procedures.
Contact Rosetta Smith – 772.467.6804 or Fill out the Contact Form.