Nevada City, CA


Nevada City Police Department in cooperation with the Grass Valley Police Department maintains an active professional Police Volunteer Program.  Volunteers donate their time and skills to assist the department in the performance of its duties. The program utilizes volunteers with a wide range of skills and talents, and is designed to be beneficial to all involved. The Nevada City Police Department volunteer program increases public awareness of the department’s efforts through expanded service to the residents of the City. 

In an effort to further build the program, we are actively seeking new volunteers.  We have volunteer support assignments available in both the administrative and operations divisions of the department which include Parking Enforcement, Broken Window Patrol, Vacation Property checks, Special Event management, & Support Services.  This is an exciting opportunity for community members to be part of their police department.

Our volunteer program complies with the best police practices for law enforcement volunteer programs and follows guidelines of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Volunteers in Police Service program.

Why Volunteer

By choosing to volunteer with the police department, you are making a difference in the lives of Nevada City residents, businesses and visitors. Volunteers work side by side with police employees in a variety of settings. You will have a front-row seat for behind-the-scenes workings of law enforcement. There are many benefits by choosing to volunteer with Nevada City Police Department. Just a few of those benefits are:

  •  Learn more about law enforcement
  •  Develop new skills.
  •  Help your community and make a difference in improving your community.
  •  Make new friends and contacts
  •  Help your police department fight crime
  •  Gain valuable work experience
  •  Witness firsthand what happens behind-the-scenes in law enforcement.

 NCPD Volunteer Positions

Our Volunteers are greatly appreciated and serve the Nevada City Police Department in a wide range of capacities. Positions are available primarily during business hours, Monday through Friday, with some opportunities available during weekends and evenings for special events.

  • Liaison/Police Department and Public
  • Clerical Support; general office duties in a variety of sections
  • Property & Evidence Assistant: data entry duties
  • Reception Desk / Administrative Assistant: welcome and direct visitors. Help police staff community relations office by answering phones, handling walk-in inquires, distributing information on police services, Take police reports over the phone of minor and "no suspect" crimes etc.
  • Special Events Volunteer: fill in or provide additional staffing, work on annual events, provide crowd and parking management, assist with surveys and special projects such as parades, festivals, community days etc….
  • Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch
  • Crime Scene Security
  • Traffic Control
  • Citizens Observer Program (“COP”) patrol city streets, acting as an extra pair of eyes and ears, Graffiti Abatement, Broken Window Patrol, Vacation Checks
  • Parking enforcement; Disabled parking patrol,
  • Radar Board Team
  • Assist with vehicle maintenance coordination
  • Other Assistance, as needed by the Department 

Qualifications and Application Process

Minimum qualifications have been established for acceptance in the Nevada City Volunteer Program, which includes:

  • Minimum age – 18 years old
  • Currently live or work in Nevada County of Nevada
  • Graduate of Nevada City Citizen Police Academy (Preferred not required)
  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Fingerprint clearance (FBI/DOJ)
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License (if driving is required for assignment)
  • Be in satisfactory medical condition
  • Ability to commit to 10 hours per month to the program
  • Complete required training
  • Receive overall approval by the Chief of Police

Application and Submission Process

Interested persons can obtain an application from the Nevada City Police Department front counter or visit the Nevada City Website:  and view the  information and  application under Police/Volunteers and Cadets

Applications can be returned to the Nevada City Police Department in person or mailed to:

Nevada City Police Department

Attn: Lieutenant Chad Ellis

317 Broad St.

Nevada City, Ca. 95959

Prior to becoming a Nevada City Police Volunteer, applicants must:

  • Complete and submit a City of Nevada City Volunteer Application and a background/personal history packet (to be given after initial screening of application)  
  • Pass the initial review of the submitted City of Nevada City Volunteer Application and Personal History Statement
  • Pass an Oral Interview with the Command Staff of the Nevada City Police Department
  • Pass a background examination, (No persons with felony or misdemeanor convictions accepted)
  • Successfully complete a training program

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lieutenant Chad Ellis at (530) 265-4700 or [email protected]

Once again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Nevada City Police Department

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