Volunteer Opportunities

The LPD has a variety special effort units. These units allow citizens to become engaged with the LPD and help make the community a better place.

Victim Advocate Program


Victims Advocate volunteers assist officers with distressed citizens in a crisis. Victim Advocate volunteers provide support, comfort, and referrals for victims and families when a traumatic event occurs. Volunteers are essential in assisting officers with citizens in dealing with situations of death, serious traffic accidents, house fires. Volunteers work in pairs and are on call 12-hour blocks from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Information Desk

 
Volunteers assist citizens who have walk-in questions and general information requests by working the front desk at the LPD Operations Center, located at 5815 Wise Road. The hours vary throughout the week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Riverwalk Trail Patrol

 
A program for volunteers to patrol the Riverwalk Trail along the Grand River during the months of May 1 - October 31. Patrol times vary to fit each individual volunteers needs. Volunteers must work in pairs and will patrol the trials utilizing a golf cart to greet, visit with, and assist trail users.
 
School Watch Program
Lansing School Watch (LSW) is a citizen volunteer program between the Lansing Police Department, Lansing school District, Sparrow Heath System, and the Community as a whole working together to help detect and prevent crime against students and schools.
Handicap Parking Enforcement
Handicap Parking Enforcement ensures access to available parking for physically challenged visitors and enables Police Officers to focus on patrol duties. Trained volunteers patrol parking areas open to the general public to enforce handicap parking violations.