Police Car at NightUnder the general direction of the Chief of Police and/or the Volunteer Coordinator, the uniformed Eureka Volunteer Patrol (EVP) will conduct high visibility foot and vehicle patrols in Eureka's commercial and residential neighborhoods, providing additional eyes and ears for sworn officers and immediately reporting any suspicious activity observed to the EPD Communications Center. Other services provided by EVP include vacation and business checks, residential security inspections, traffic control at special events, perimeter security at major crime scenes, neighborhood watch, and other duties as requested by the Watch Commander.

The minimum age requirement for the Eureka Volunteer Patrol is 18 years. Applicants must possess a valid California Driver's License and pass a background check. Patrol volunteers will not carry weapons and will not make arrests. They typically work as non-enforcement personnel in two-person units.

The Eureka Police Department is also actively seeking volunteers who wish to help in other ways at our department. Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer with the Eureka Police Department can contact the office of the Chief of Police at 707-441-4095 during normal business hours for more information. Interested persons should also complete the Eureka Police Department Volunteer Interest Form. Interested persons should also complete the Eureka Police Department Volunteer Interest Form.

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Examples of Duties

  • Assignment to vehicle or foot patrol beats.
  • Conduct vacation security checks.
  • Perform security checks and surveillance in residential areas or on commercial properties, as assigned.
  • Assist in school patrols around school grounds.
  • Conduct park patrols at designated parks.
  • Supplement sworn officers for traffic or crowd control as requested.
  • Perform high visibility foot patrols during special events such as parades, festivals, and during the holiday seasons.
  • Assist in crime scene containments when directed to do so.
  • Report hazardous or unusual conditions within the City, such as missing stop signs, inoperable street or traffic lights, and graffiti.