Volunteer Opportunities

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The LPD has a variety special effort units such as Front Desk, River Trail Patrol, School Watch Program, CARE, and Victim Advocate. These units allow citizens to become engaged with the LPD and help make the community a better place.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Lansing Police Department please fill out the online Volunteer Application by clicking the link below:

Lansing Police Department Volunteer Application

Lansing Police Department
c/o CSU
120 West Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

CARE Program

CARE volunteers respond, post-arrest, to the homes of survivors in the Greater Lansing Area who have experienced intimate-partner domestic violence to provide immediate crisis intervention, safety planning, resources, and other support services following an assault.  Our volunteers respond to calls from law enforcement and Sparrow Hospital. Volunteers go out in pairs and are asked to sign up for 1-2 ‘on-call’ shifts every 6 weeks. Volunteers are required to attend 20 hours of crisis intervention training.

Lansing CARE Program Volunteer Application  

Victim Advocate Program

Victims Advocate volunteers assist officers with distressed citizens in a crisis. Victim Advocate volunteers provide support, comfort, and referrals for victims and families when a traumatic event occurs. Volunteers are essential in assisting officers with citizens in dealing with situations of death, serious traffic accidents, house fires. Volunteers work in pairs and are on call 12-hour blocks from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Front Desk

Volunteers assist citizens who have walk-in questions and general information requests by working the front desk at the Lansing Police Department Operations Center located at 5815 Wise Road.  The hours vary throughout the week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

River Trail Patrol

A program for volunteers to patrol the River Trail along the Grand River during the months of May 1 - October 31.  Patrol times vary to fit each individual volunteer's needs.  Volunteers must work in pairs and will patrol the trails utilizing golf carts to greet, visit, and assist trail users.

School Watch Program

The safety of our students, not only in school, but on their way to and from school is a top priority.  We recognize that we cannot do this on our own.  LPD is seeking citizens to volunteer their time.  Volunteers are asked to commit to patrolling during the following times:  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  There is no minimum number of days required per week, but volunteers are asked to commit to at least one of the full-time slots.

Handicap Parking Enforcement
Handicap parking enforcement ensures access to available parking for physically challenged visitors and enables police officers to focus on patrol duties.  Trained volunteers patrol parking areas open to the general public to enforce handicap parking violations.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Victim Advocate, please fill out the Lansing Police Department Volunteer Application.  After you have completed the application, click the submit button.