Boise Police Department

Boise Police Department

General Volunteer Opportunities

  • Abandoned Vehicle Unit Assistance
  • City Hall Security Team
  • Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Shuttling
  • Greenbelt Safety Team
  • McGruff "Handler"

    Helps McGruff and interacts with the public

  • McGruff the Crime Dog

    Volunteers play McGruff at public events

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Boise Police Department Volunteer - General

BPD is currently recruiting volunteers for the following positions:

Child Watch Volunteer at FACES

The FACES Family Justice Center provides care and support focused on the needs of victims of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault. Often, victims are unable to attend much needed support groups and services, due to lack of access to quality, affordable childcare. The Child Watch program provides safe, on-site childcare to children (infant -10 years) so that mothers can attend resource meetings. Volunteers should enjoy being around children and working in a fun, fast paced environment. Volunteers would be asked to work a minimum of one 1-2 hour shift per month, and to be on-call one evening per month. Volunteers will work in teams, and will not be asked to change diapers.

Duties include:
• Help children to complete their homework
• Read books or watch a movie together
• Play with games/puzzles
• Hold or comfort infants/toddlers

Newsletter Coordinator

We are looking for a regular volunteer to help put together a volunteer page for BPD’s monthly newsletter. The Newsletter Coordinator will be responsible for creating regular monthly features such as new volunteer introductions, volunteer spotlights, program information, and monthly birthday and anniversary lists. Excellent communication skills, ability to work well with others, and word processing skills a must. Creativity and graphic design experience preferred. The Newsletter Coordinator should plan to put in between 2-6 hours per month on this project. Work could be completed at BPD or at home, but newsletter would be due by the 20th of each month. 

Bike Safety Presenter

Do you enjoy biking and want to help keep our Boise bike community safe and well informed? The Bike Officers are looking for 2-4 volunteers to train to give Bike Safety Presentations to the public. Volunteers would be trained and have the opportunity to shadow and partner with officers until they felt comfortable leading presentations.

City Hall Public Meeting Assistance Team

You will greet the public and serve as the eyes and ears of the Boise Police Department during after-hours public meetings at Boise City Hall. Public meetings are typically held Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings, and volunteers should be available for at least one meeting per month. You will be trained in CPR, First aid, & AED operation; educated on facility fire evacuation protocols; taught how to identify suspicious objects and coordinate response; and you will be familiarized with sweep, observation and de-escalation tactics. This is not only a great volunteer opportunity, but the valuable training and experience could be a great stepping stone for anyone interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement , security or another public safety position.

Duties include:

  • meet and greet general public/meeting attendees
  • assist with accessibility
  • liaise with police regarding crowd control
  • assist coordinating any emergency response necessary


You are invited to apply by clicking "SIGN UP", creating a profile and completing an application. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to complete a screening interview and background check. PLEASE SPECIFY your preferred assignment(s) on your application.

Note: applications for the Greenbelt Safety Team may be submitted any time, however interviews will not be scheduled until October of each year. 

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Mission Statement

The Boise Police Department Volunteer Program seeks to enhance the mission, goals and efforts of the Boise City Police Department, as well as promote community involvement, awareness and support.

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