Park Police Community Volunteer Academy
The Park Police Community Volunteer Academy is offered to the community to inform participants about the functions of the Park Police and the law. The academy training is offered annually, one night a week for 8 weeks. Students receive instruction from experienced Park Police officers, Park Police Volunteer Association members, prosecutors, and others who work in law enforcement or public safety.
Topics of discussion include:
- Crime scene management
- The role of the prosecutor
- Current drug trends
- Gang awareness
- Traffic and criminal law
Those who fully complete the training receive a certificate of completion. Academy participants can also obtain first aid and CPR certifications.
Park Police Volunteer Association
After successfully completing the volunteer academy, graduates may volunteer as members of the Park Police Volunteer Association (PPVA). Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to the following; bike and foot patrol, fingerprinting, and assisting at festivals and bicycle rodeos. The volunteers have proven to be a great asset to the Park Police Division.
This year PPVA improved its “KidsPrint” program by purchasing a child digital fingerprinting machine through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The program offers a series of child digital fingerprinting events where parents bring their children, ages 3 to 15 years old, to be fingerprinted and photographed. No information is stored or uploaded to a database; the parent receives a printout of the child’s information to store for safekeeping.
For additional information, please contact ParkPolice.Community@pgparks.com