We Love our Volunteers!
There are several opportunities to serve our community by volunteering with the Longview Police Department (LPD). You can contact the Satellite Office for more information or to apply for volunteer positions. All volunteer positions require an extensive screening process, including a full background check.
Reserves are non-paid citizens that receive extensive training to serve as
supplemental and support police officers. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply. Longview Police Reserves are never used to replace commissioned police officers. Rather, reserve officers provide support to the patrol and detective divisions, help with major events such as parades and July 4th activities, and assist during events such as floods, high winds, and major crime scenes or traffic accidents.
Police Cadets are high school age non-paid volunteers that support police officers while learning what it’s like to be a police officer. Cadets will receive instruction in all phases of law enforcement including criminal law and procedures, traffic safety and enforcement, criminal investigations, community policing and crime prevention, traffic control and direction, collision investigations, juvenile delinquency, firearms safety, and other topics related to law enforcement.
Alley Gators are citizens who are equipped with a cell phone, a radio and a car. They patrol areas of Longview looking for graffiti, unlawful dumping and stolen or abandoned cars.
Volunteer citizens, supervised by LPD staff, work in the Satellite office doing many important tasks to support the Police Department. Volunteers perform data entry, bike registrations, check pawned property against databases of stolen property, and assist citizens with various requests.
Interns are non-paid college students working toward a criminal justice degree at a school which has entered into an internship agreement with the Longview Police Department. Interns have the opportunity to see the law enforcement environment firsthand through ride-alongs with patrol officers, working on special projects, and observing daily police operations.
You can learn more about how the criminal justice system works and have an opportunity for law enforcement to hear from you by attending the Citizen's Academy.