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The Raleigh Police Department is looking for volunteers to support our full-time staff in service to the citizens of Raleigh.


Volunteers assist with a broad spectrum of assignments. Volunteer assignments may include:

  • security patrols in parks;
  • telephone crime reporting;
  • data entry;
  • neighborhood watch planning;
  • crime prevention programs;
  • special event assistance; or,
  • Greenway Volunteer.

Police Chaplains

Raleigh Police chaplains are on call 24-hours a day to assist with a variety of stressful situations. These professional clergy members volunteer their time and services to department employees, their families, and members of the community during times of crisis, sorrow, or conflict. The chaplains also respond to major incidents and disasters such as multiple-injury wrecks, officer-involved shootings and to assist with crisis intervention.

The RPD's police chaplains donate several hundred hours to the community and department each year.

To qualify for recommendation to the Chief of Police as a Volunteer Chaplain, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must reside within the city of Raleigh or serve in a leadership capacity at a house of worship located within the city of Raleigh;
  • Must have a desire to serve as a Police Chaplain and be available to respond to situations where a Chaplain’s response is needed; 
  • Must be ordained, ecclesiastically certified, and endorsed by a recognized religious body; 
  • Must be in good standing within their faith organization;
  • Must have a minimum of three-years of service in full-time public ministry;
  • Must demonstrate strong communication skills;
  • Must be willing to become involved in training programs that enhance the Chaplain’s skills in dealing with people in crisis;
  • Must be able to commit to attending scheduled meetings and actively participate;
  • Must be willing to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences;
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony or offenses involving moral turpitude;
  • Must possess a valid North Carolina operator’s license or have access to personal transportation; and,
  • Must maintain a working telephone and email address.

For more information or about becoming a Volunteer Police Chaplain, please email rpdvolunteer@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-1118.

Training and Hours

Each volunteer receives approximately 38-hours of training by the Raleigh Police Academy.  They need to volunteer a minimum of fifteen hours per month.

For more information, please e-mail rpdvolunteer@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-1118.

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