Civilian Volunteer Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The goal is to expand and enhance existing services through involvement of volunteers in service delivery.
Volunteers serve in many different capacities within the department from clerical, answering telephones, animal caretaker, Chaplain services to transporting police vehicles, among many other opportunities. Some of the areas to volunteer include, all four precincts, Crime Solvers, the Community Engagement Unit including Explorer Post, Volunteer.JPGProject Lifesaver, the Chaplain Program, the Detective Bureau including Forensics, the Mounted Patrol Unit, and the Animal Care and Adoption Center. 

2.jpgThe Police Department also offers internships to high school and college students. All volunteer and intern positions are based on availability and are subject to change. All volunteers and in​terns must complete an application including a notarized Criminal History Request Form, sign a confidentiality agreement, among any required training if applicable.  

Please contact the Animal Care and Adoption Center at (757) 385-4444 or or click the link  to the right side of this page for more information.

The Police Department volunteer/intern applications are accepted through the Volunteer Resource Manager (contact information below). Volunteer applications are accepted for available positions only. See below under volunteer opportunities for more details.

Learn more about your community in the Volunteer Program Infographic.

Civilian Volunteer Program Pamphlet


Welcome to the Civilian Volunteer Program administered by the Operations Divison

The Virginia Beach Police Department Civilian Volunteer Program has been in service for over 20 years. We currently have over 400 volunteers that work in many locations throughout our department including all 4 precincts, Special Operations, the Community Engagement Unit, Crime Solvers, the Detective Bureau, the Animal Care and Adoption Center, among other divisions as needed. Our volunteers are extremely dedicated, committed and some have been around since the program began.  Volunteers have put in thousands of hours each year. We appreciate all of our volunteers. 
Thank you for your service to our department and the community.

Meet the Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Bissell

Stephanie Bissell has been with the department since 2019. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Operations along with her role as Volunteer Coordinator. 

Please contact Ms. Bissell for available openings or other questions about the application process.
2509 Princess Anne Road, Bldg.11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 385-4970


 Volunteer Opportunities

At this time, ​​​​Project Lifesaver through the Community Engagement Unit welcomes applications year round.  3.jpg

Additional openings will be posted as becomes available. 
Contact: Stephanie Bissell, Volunteer Resource Manager @