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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero
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Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Lansing Police Department Volunteer!

Capitol Area Response Effort (C.A.R.E)

The program is designed to reduce family violence by assisting victims after a domestic assault arrest is made by an officer. Volunteers are trained to intervene immediately by providing a listening ear and referrals to other agencies. Volunteers and staff are on call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Information Desks

Volunteers assist citizens who have walk-in questions and general information requests by working the front desks at the main downtown Headquarters Building and the North and South Precinct Buildings. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday at the Precincts and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday at the Headquarters Building.

LPD's Ride-along-Program

Participating in a ride-along with a Lansing Police Officer is an opportunity to see what their job is really like behind the scenes. You can ask questions, observe traffic stops, and maybe even witness a crime. You will get a better understanding of what it means to protect and serve. Applicants must sign a waiver of liability form and be at least 18 years of age.

Lansing Police Athletic League (P.A.L.)

PAL is a nonprofit organization run by Lansing Police Officers. LPD officers and volunteers work together to provide sporting activities for the City's at-risk youth. PAL programs emphasize teamwork, positive citizenship, and fun. Youth who participate in PAL activities also realize that police officers are more than just law enforcers; they are also good role models. Hours vary depending on activities. Call 483-6022.

Prints for Life

Volunteers are trained by LPD on how to fingerprint children. Volunteers attend various events and print children so parents have a record of identification should the child become lost or a victim of a crime. All prints are kept by the parents.

School Crossing Guards

Program participants assist children in crossing streets during the school day. Positions pay $6.47 per hour. Participants are needed before school, at lunch time, and after school. Call 483-4004 to apply.

Victim Advocate Program

Victim Advocate volunteers assist officers with distressed citizens in crisis situations. Victim Advocate volunteers provide support, consolation, and referrals for victims and families when a traumatic event occurs. Volunteers are essential in assisting officers in situations of death, serious traffic accidents, house fires and sexual assaults. Volunteers are on call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Rivertrail Patrol

A program for volunteers to patrol the Riverwalk Trail along the Grand River. Volunteers drive a golf cart to greet, visit with, and assist trail users.

Handicapped Parking Enforcement

Additional suggestions are welcome.

Michael Yankowski
Chief of Police
120 W. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Police Headquarters

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 517-483-4680
FAX: 517-483-4688