Volunteer Areas of Interest
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Community Response Operations
Internal Support Operations
Community Response Operations Descriptions
Below are Job Descriptions for Community Response Operations Descriptions
CAPS volunteers are a select, proactive and outgoing group of individuals dedicated to the positive promotion and education about the police and fire departments to the citizens in our community. Businesses, home owners associations, schools and health fairs are examples of requests to have representatives speak about a variety of public safety topics. Training is provided.
Faith-based volunteers who are licensed or ordained will provide the Police & Fire Departments, and citizens of Colorado Springs with the services of a chaplain on a regular basis, building and maintaining an attitude of cooperation and mutual respect between the Departments and citizens.
CAPS volunteers fluent in Spanish are called to assist officers and citizens when they are unable to converse effectively due to language barriers.
Join this outgoing group of CAPS volunteers to serve as tour guides at four police substations and the police operations center. Requests for tours from scouting troops, school classes and neighborhood groups are scheduled and conducted by trained volunteers.
CAPS volunteers serve as foot patrol ambassadors in a designated area of the community, providing customer service to visitors, tourists and merchants, while inherently promoting public safety as extra ‘eyes and ears’ on the streets.
Internal Support Operations
Below are Job Descriptions for Internal Support Operations
Volunteers are needed for a variety of administrative duties. Data entry specialists are needed in many areas across the police and fire departments, to assist with reports, database work, and other projects. Occasional work from home projects.
Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain volunteers are points of contact for neighbors and the Police and Fire Departments, coordinated through local police stations. A Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who are willing to communicate with each other and pass along information. The group will be educated in crime prevention and will watch for suspicious activity and report this activity to the police.
Citizen Advisory Committee volunteers also serve in a similar manner, providing a communication conduit between their neighborhood and the local police station.
Conduct helpful research across a variety of areas such as the news, policing trends, grants or historical information, in support of police and fire department projects. Assist the departments in staying abreast of new trends and innovations, set up tracking systems, or other support as needed.
CAPS volunteers who enjoy working with people will be trained by certified CPSD staff in how to properly take both ink based and electronic fingerprints as well as how to recognize quality prints. Work with individuals needing non-criminal fingerprint services for employment, adoption services, applications for child care, liquor or massage licenses, teaching, etc. This position offers a wide variety of time options including Saturdays.
Support CAPS by maintaining the program’s web site and social media sites. Monitor links and partner sites, set up feed searches, manage photo and content with daily postings to the social media sites. This is a great work from home position.
Unique volunteer opportunities arise regularly in a variety of areas, such as department training academies, community relations units, or the fire department’s a/v studio (videographer/editing skills and familiarity with editing platforms AVID, FINAL CUT PRO 7 and MACROSYSTEMS required).