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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 who have used marijuana, medical marijuana, edibles, or products containing THC within 3 months from date of application submission are NOT eligible for a volunteer or intern position.
  • Minimum 6 month commitment is requested.
The volunteer application can be found at the bottom of this page.

Current Needs

GoCOS Technician

Under the supervision of the Homeless Outreach Team Lieutenant, the GoCOS Technician replies to GoCOS complaints and determines which unit, if any, will be assigned to handle the complaint. Come and join a close team whose members rely upon each other to provide professional service to our community and assist the Mayor in achieving his goal of addressing homelessness within the City.

Disable Parking Enforcement Unit

The goal of the Disable Parking Enforcement Unit (DPEU) program is to foster public awareness of and obedience to the city ordinances that govern special parking privileges for those disabled persons authorized to use them. DPEU volunteers will assist the Police Department by monitoring handicap parking spaces and issuing warnings or citations when appropriate or necessary.

Crimes Against Children/At-Risk Adults and Forensic Interview Unit

Under the supervision of CSPD personnel, volunteers assist CAC, FIU, and CAARA, by conducting a variety of investigative tasks to enhance the successful prosecution of cases involving children and at-risk adults. Volunteers will review information from other agencies, create case reports, assist with forwarding information to other agencies, watch forensic interviews and suspect interviews, contact family members/witnesses to gather information for investigative purposes, conduct caregiver/parent interviews under the supervision of a detective or Investigative Specialist, and complete detailed supplements on any investigative tasks.


Under the supervision of CSPD personnel, volunteers will work with current CSPD supervisors, officers assigned to designated patrol areas, and communications center personnel to monitor camera surveillance of the Colorado Springs area. Volunteer will report any event of significance to the designated contact person using both police radios and telephones for communication. Must be available nights/evenings only.

VIN Verification

Under the supervision of our Community Service Officers, volunteers will provide VIN verification service to the general public at one of our four 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. Applicants must be a full-time or retired clergy, ordained and licensed, or have completed Clinical Pastoral Education.


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.

Administrative Assistant

Would you like to enhance your professional skills? Administrative Assistant 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.

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

Burglary of Motor Vehicles (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.


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.

Fields containing an asterisk (*) are required. 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 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.

CAPS Qualifying Criteria:

  1. 18 years or older.
  2. Applicants who have used marijuana, medical marijuana, edibles, or products containing THC within 3 months from date of application submission are NOT eligible for a volunteer or intern position.
  3. No felony convictions.
  4. A minimum 6-month commitment is requested.
No marijuana use
  • Name

  • List name as printed on official identification.
  • Contact Information

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  • Employment History (If applicable)

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  • Education

  • Experience

  • Availability

  • Emergency Contact

  • Survey

  • Indicate which of the above volunteer openings you are seeking
  • By checking this box, I understand the CAPS requirements for applicants
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2018 DeBerry Award presented to CAPS
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