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CAPS is the official public safety volunteer program for the City of Colorado Springs. It’s the 1st of its kind in the area serving three public safety departments under one umbrella as well as the portal for internships.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • No felony convictions
  • Applicants that have used marijuana or CBD products containing THC within 3 months from the date of their application submission will not be eligible for a volunteer or intern position. Also, please do not apply if you have used any illegal drugs within the past 3 years (including LSD, heroin, cocaine, PCP, mushrooms/Psilocybin, amphetamines, inhalants, steroids, etc.) as you will be ineligible for a position
  • Minimum 6 month commitment is requested

Current Needs

Handicapped Parking Services Unit

The goal of the HPSU program is to foster public awareness of and obedience to the city ordinances that govern special parking privileges for those handicapped persons authorized to use them. Handicapped Parking Services volunteers will assist the Police Department by monitoring handicap parking spaces and issuing warnings or citations when appropriate or necessary.

Administrative Assistant

Would you like to enhance your professional skills? These volunteers provide general clerical support to the department/unit staff, including data entry, filing, scanning, answering phones, etc; and you will experience firsthand the operations of Colorado Springs Police Department.

Impound Facility Volunteer

The Impound lot would love your assistance! Assist Impound Technicians in daily functions of Police Impound Facility to include assisting technicians with administrative tasks, going in and out of building to locate cars, obtain VIN numbers or retrieve items from impounded vehicles, monitoring grounds of the Impound Facility and operating security gates.


Do you have the gift of capturing life’s most precious moments on film? Our photographers work closely with staff and guests to capture photos of people, places and things through the use of creativity and technical abilities using photographic equipment and photo manipulation software. Providing memorable and historical photographs for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Victim Advocacy Academy

We are now accepting applications for volunteer victim advocates. Applicants must be able to attend the CSPD VAU Volunteer Victim Advocate Training Academy, successfully graduate and be accepted into the program. The core academy classes will be held over three weekends, eight hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday, and there will be additional online coursework. In conjunction with the academy, on-the-job training is also provided to those volunteers accepted into the unit. Next VAU Volunteer Victim Advocate Training Academy begins September 3, 2022. For more information on the VAU Volunteer Program, please contact the VAU Volunteer Specialist, David Shaw at 719-444-7527. Deadline for applications is August 15, 2022.

VIN Verification

Under the supervision of our Community Service Officers, volunteers will provide VIN verification service to the general public, at one of our 4 police substations.

This includes: completing mandatory VIN verification training, conducting VIN verifications using Form DR2698 and ensuring paperwork is processed appropriately.


Chaplains provide the Police and Fire Departments and citizens of Colorado Springs services on a regular basis; 24 hours/7 days a week. They build and maintain an attitude of cooperation and mutual respect between the departments and the citizens. Members of the Chaplaincy Corps are on-call for counseling, consultation and other forms of human crisis intervention. You must be a full-time or retired clergy, ordained and licensed or have completed Clinical Pastoral Education.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Then these are the perfect volunteer positions for you:

BMV in the Parks Volunteers

BMV in the Parks Volunteers greet and assist residents and guests in the various parks throughout the city. These specially trained public safety advocates provide helpful information and crime prevention education to combat motor vehicle break-ins, reduce loss of valuables and assist park guests with general information while also keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity or safety hazards.

CAPS Volunteer Ambassadors

CAPS Volunteer Ambassadors greet and assist residents and guests in the shopping and dining districts of the downtown area or Old Colorado City. These specially trained public safety advocates provide helpful information on shopping, dining, and entertainment venues while also serving as the extra eyes and ears for public safety and our community.

If none of our current openings are of interest, do NOT submit an application at this time. Check back with us in 3 months for an updated list. Thank you!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Select the assignment that interests you.  By hitting SUBMIT you are committing to 6 months of volunteer service unless otherwise noted.

If NONE are of interest, do not submit your application at this time Check back with us in a few months for an updated list of open positions and submit your application at that time.  Thank you!

Fields containing an asterisk (*) are REQUIRED. If required fields are incomplete, the application will be rejected.  (The term “not applicable” (N/A) is an acceptable response for these fields.) Please read the information below BEFORE submitting your online application. 

CAPS Screening Process:

  1. A criminal background check is performed on all applicants due to the nature and sensitivity of the work.
  2. An in-person interview is conducted with all applicants.
  3. The successful completion of a polygraph examination may be required depending on assignment.

By submitting this application, you agree to the screening procedures and to adhere to the policies and procedures of CAPS and the City of Colorado Springs. If you are a student seeking an internship please visit the Internship Application tab.

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CAPS Qualifying Criteria:

  1. 18 years or older.
  2. Applicants who have used illegal drugs to include marijuana, medical marijuana, edibles or CBD products containing THC within 3 months from date of application submission are NOT eligible to volunteer.

  3. Applicants who have used any illegal drugs within the past 3 years (including LSD, heroin, cocaine, PCP, mushrooms/Psilocybin, amphetamines, inhalants, steroids, etc.) are NOT eligible to volunteer.

  4. No felony convictions.
  5. A minimum 6-month commitment is requested.
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  • Indicate which of the above volunteer openings you are seeking. If none, we invite you to visit our website in the future for an updated list of open positions.
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To promote the quality of life in Colorado Springs by providing police services with integrity and a spirit of excellence, in partnership with our community.
Providing the highest quality problem solving, fire and rescue service to our community since 1894
Responsible for providing mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and coordination for large-scale emergencies and disasters, both natural and human-caused, to the citizens of Colorado Springs for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage.
Outstanding Achievement in a Law Enforcement Volunteer Program

International Association of Chiefs of Police

The CAPS Program was selected to receive this award for Support of Front Line Forces. The turtle on the fence post signifies service and support to others in that "it did not get there on its own."

Fisher DeBerry Award

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