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Volunteer Corps — Get Involved with SLCPD

There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Salt Lake City Police Department. Click on the tabs below to learn more about the different opportunities.

  • SLCPD Volunteer Corps

    The SLCPD Volunteer Corps welcomes the time and talents of the public. The real key to the success of this program is strong adherence to the goals of Community Oriented Policing: A mutually beneficial partnership between the community and the police. There are a variety of assignments from which to choose:

     

    Patrol

     

    Launched as Mobile Neighborhood Watch in July 1993, SLCPD Volunteer Corps members are trained and authorized to patrol every part of the city. In order to provide a reduction in liability problems and to ensure a viable organization,
    all applicants must pass a background investigation and attend training. Community Oriented Policing acknowledges that the whole community is responsible for public safety, not just the police. This approach encourages the unification of the community and the police in an equal partnership, working together through effective problem solving. In Salt Lake City, the SLCPD Volunteer Corps is one such approach that holds tremendous promise for empowering its resident to work with the police to effectively combat crime problems in the community together.

     

     

    Contact us

    Salt Lake City Police Department
    Volunteer Corps Coordinator
    (801) 799-3361
    Email A Volunteer Coordinator


     

    Neighborhood Watch Groups

     


    This is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents; helps reduce burglaries, robberies and car prowls; and improves relations between law enforcement and the community.

    Any community resident can join and learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions. You may form a Neighborhood Watch group around any geographical unit: a block, apartment complex or business area.

    To form a Neighborhood Watch group, contact the Police Department’s Volunteer Coordinator at (801) 799-3440. The Coordinator will provide you with a Neighborhood Watch guide and explain how to get your group started.

    Salt Lake City Police Department
    Volunteer Corps Coordinator
    (801) 799-3361
    Email A Volunteer Coordinator

     

    Operation Safe Passage

     

    If you’re concerned for the safety of children on their way to and from city schools each day, this program is for you. While school zones with flashing yellow lights, crossing guards and orange traffic cones are all designed for the safety of our children, Operation Safe Passage is another step to ensure their safety.

    By wearing brightly-colored vests with police-issued ID badges and being alert, citizen volunteers are a highly visible deterrent to those who may threaten our children. If you walk your child to school, you are already giving the necessary time commitment to get involved with Operation Safe Passage. The only difference is that you now act with heightened awareness and report suspicious activity by calling 911 or (801) 799-3000.

    This program empowers citizen volunteers to become the eyes and ears of the police along their neighborhoods’ safe walking routes. Every day our children face potential dangers like abductions, attempted abductions, drug pushers, bullies, and other criminal activity.

    To participate in Operation Safe Passage, contact the Salt Lake City Police Department. You must be 21 or older and pass a Department background check. It is not a prerequisite that you have children in school in order to participate. Once you become a member of Operation Safe Passage, you are free to patrol as it fits your schedule.

    Download Application

    Salt Lake City Police Department
    Operation Safe Passage Coordinator: Officer Veronica Montoya
    (801) 799-3362
    Email A Volunteer Coordinator

  • Civilian Review Board

    An ordinance enacting chapter 72 of title 2 of the Salt Lake City Code:

    Citizen Complaints

    The Salt Lake City Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest professionalism of its officers. The Internal Affairs Unit of the Police Department investigates citizen complaints of misconduct against Police Department employees.

    If you feel that a police employee has not acted in a professional and courteous manner, you are encouraged to contact the Police Department and talk with a supervisor or the Internal Affairs Unit.

    Salt Lake City Police Department
    Dispatch: (801) 799-3000
    Internal Affairs Unit: (801) 799-3351

    Civilian Review Board

    If you file a complaint against a police employee, an investigation will be conducted. At the conclusion of the investigation, a letter will be sent to you informing you of the final disposition of the investigation. If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Police Department, you may request a review by the Civilian Review Board.

    The Civilian Review Board was created by City ordinance to audit and review citizen complaints regarding police conduct and to provide periodic reports and recommendations.

    To request a review, you will need to do the following:

      • The request must be filed within 30 days after you receive the determination of the Police Department.
      • A request for review must be filed in writing, personally or by mail, at the Office of the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee.
      • The request for review must include:
        • the name, address, and phone number of the person requesting the review
        • the approximate date the complaint was filed
        • the substance of the complaint
        • the reason you are dissatisfied with the Police Department’s decision.

    Complaints may be filed by printing the Complaint Form, filling it out, and mailing it to the Police Civilian Review Board, 451 South State Street, #512, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

    If you have any questions regarding the citizen complaint process or the Civilian Review Board, please contact the Internal Affairs Unit of the Police Department, (801) 799-3351, or the Office of the Mayor, (801) 535-7704.

  • Community Oriented Policing

    Mission

    The mission of the Salt Lake City Police Department is to work with the citizens of Salt Lake City to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment. We are committed to providing high-quality, Community Oriented Police services with sensitivity.

    Community Oriented Policing

    The Salt Lake City Police Department has adopted a community-based philosophy that recognizes the interdependence and shared responsibility of the police and community in crime reduction and prevention. This philosophy allows greater coordination with other city departments, public and private social agencies, and citizens to address crime-related problems and issues.

    Community Oriented Policing strengthens the partnership among citizens, police, and public/private agencies. All are joint shareholders in the vitality and livability of Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods and business districts. This approach helps identify and provide remedies for root causes of crime and disorder.

    Crime Prevention

    “A prevention of attitudes and behaviors directed both at reducing the threat of crime and enhancing the sense of safety and security, to positively influence the quality of life in our society, and to help develop environments where crime cannot flourish.” – Crime Prevention Coalition

    The Police Department’s CIU Unit works with Community Councils to help citizens solve public safety issues at the neighborhood level. The unit is comprised of eight sworn officers, one assigned to each City Council District and one at-large.

    Why is Crime Prevention Important?

    Prevention is the only approach to dealing with crime that does not require that a crime take place, and it works!